BURLINGAME (CBS SF) — A Burlingame couple has been charged with the burning death of their 2-year-old dog, the Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Monday.

On May 1, Shelby Lujan brought the dog named Sprocket to an emergency veterinary clinic, more than a week after she said he was injured, according to the humane society.

Sprocket had suffered second-degree burns on 40 percent of his body. The clinic tried to save the dog, but he succumbed to the injuries and died within a few hours. Investigators feel certain the dog was killed by Lujan’s boyfriend Paul Souter.

Lujan and Souter claimed that a cup of boiling water had accidentally spilled into Sprocket’s crate, but that they waited more than a week to take him to the vet, according to the humane society.

An expert forensic veterinarian determined that the pattern and severity of the injuries was consistent with the dog being lowered or placed in scalding liquid. The burns were not on the top of the dog like you would see if there was an accidental spill.

The San Mateo district attorney says Souter dipped the dog into the hot liquid. Though he was severely injured, investigators say it took Shelby Lujan over a week to take the dog into the emergency vet.

“The details of this case are horrific,” PHS/SPCA president Ken White said in a statement.

“After the scalding, the poor dog endured days of horrendous suffering. We hope our investigation will provide the evidence needed to bring Sprocket justice, and ensure that his owners are unable to hurt any other animals,” White said.

Lujan was released on bail, while Souter remains in custody. She is charged with failing to provide protection of an animal in her care.

Lujan’s pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 6, and her preliminary hearing will take place Oct. 18, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Souter was charged separately, after Lujan, because of additional evidence that surfaced, according to Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

Souter’s first court appearance has not yet been announced.

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Comments (3)
  1. sdfklsdklfjsdf says:

    This is for Kirby…

    A corrupt California DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me. From the time I noticed something was wrong to the time he died at the vet, it took about 30 hours for my dog to die. Kirby suffered tremendously.

    The FBI and DEA are smelly piles of dog s**t.

    Will those people that poison defenseless pets also poison humans? YES.
    Time to leak this…

    Many years ago when I was writing software for the NSA and DIA there was a rumor that several DEA employees had been giving their drug addicted informants and suspects needles tainted with HIV and Hepatitis viruses.

    Audio confirmation of Department of Justice employees joking about committing crimes came from the warrant less wiretapping after 9/11. After 9/11 the NSA was ordered to and began data collection on local, state and federal police agencies.

    These days the DEA is not much more than a proxy force for the Defense Intelligence Agency.The Defense Intelligence agency oversaw and instructed on the use of torture at Abu Graib.

    There are multiple instances of other crimes, but this is the most egregious. Another one , involved using gang members to break into their suspect’s homes and steal items and plant evidence.

    Do you know that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before leaving office dissolved the California BNE (Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement) for the same reasons that plague the DEA…. ineffectual, rampant corruption, etc…

    The decision was supported by many respected law makers/enforcers in California including Kamala Harris, the then California Attorney General.

    The BNE was California’s DEA clone.

    Another leak…

    It was about two weeks after the Waco Texas siege, I was at a software conference and a group of our software “users” said they had heard that the Department of Justice had requested the use of incendiary rounds for Waco.

  2. Pamela Powell says:

    Poor little Sprocket did not deserve that kind of treatment. Imagine the pain that he was in and to leave lay there for a week without treatment? Give that SOB the same and save the tax payers some money for a trial!!!!

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