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PD: Dog dies after owner intentionally sets her on fire in Tucson home earlier this month

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Posted at 11:54 AM, May 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-20 19:52:47-04

Lovely, the dog, died Sunday morning at the Pima Animal Care Center, after having been set on fire almost two weeks ago.

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PACC said the dog went into cardiac arrest and despite the veterinarian's best efforts, they were unable to save her life.

Earlier this week, PACC employees said Lovely had about a 50 percent chance of surviving her injuries.

Dean Sherfield Finley of Tucson is accused of intentionally setting the dog on fire inside a home. 

According to authorities, Finley purchased two gallons of gasoline on May 7 and returned home. A family member noticed the dog was "wet" and when the person went to pick the dog up, Finley lit the dog and a corner of the residence on fire.

The suspect was arrested for arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage and animal cruelty.