Man who killed girlfriend's dog by setting it on fire sentenced to probation

David Didlake receives 2 years of probation for fatally burning dog


RIVER ROUGE, Mich. – A River Rouge man who pleaded guilty to setting his girlfriend's dog on fire was sentenced Friday to two years of probation.

David Didlake,27, was arrested Oct. 29 when police found a dog burned near a bottle of accelerant at a home on East James Street in River Rouge.

Didlake also resisted police officers during the arrest.

Didlake pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 to charges of killing/torturing animals, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and second-degree habitual offender.

He was previously charged with abandoning/cruelty to an animal resulting in the animal's death, but the charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.