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Burglar who placed dog in oven is convicted

falanikoA tipster has received the $2,500 reward PETA offered last fall for information leading to the conviction of a man who placed a South Carolina homeowner’s dog in the oven during a burglary, propped a chair against the door and cooked the dog alive.

Teofilo Falaniko Jr., 21, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and three-and-a-half-years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of unlawful treatment to animals, SCnow.com reported.

Dillon police said Falaniko already was in jail on two other burglary charges when he was charged. He told police he placed the dog — a pug named Penny — into the oven because it bit him during the burglary.

The tipster, whose identity is being withheld, overheard Falaniko bragging about his crime and contacted authorities.

Falaniko admitted to ransacking Bonnie Bowens’ Owens Street residence while she was at church. When Bowens got home, she noticed her front door kicked in and called police.  Officer checked the over and found the dog dead.


Comment from Rich
Time December 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

This is the most digusting thing I’ve ever heard of. Why can’t this “person” go to jail for life? When he gets out will he put a baby in an oven? Our laws concerning animal cruelty are ridiculously lax.

Comment from Lysergic Asset
Time December 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I would kill him with my bare hands if I had the chance.

Comment from Tim
Time April 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I just read about this horrifying act PETA
s AnimalTimes and googled the name of this monster. While I used to be sceptical of PETA’s methods, I came to realization that their tactics work. Thank you PETA for putting this imbecile to jail.