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Man admits to tying dog to pole, setting it on fire

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RICHMOND, Va. (CNN) – The man charged with lighting his dog on fire and leaving him to die, tied to a tree, says he went too far.

20-year-old Jyahshua Hill, admitted to setting dog on fire: “I blacked out and that’s when everything had happened. The dog was too vicious to be around other dogs.”

Hill is charged with the death of the dog, named Tommie, who Richmond Police say was tied up and set on fire, left to die in Abner Clay Park.

Hill admits this dog was his and bit his two year old daughter that day.

“The dog attacked my daughter and I snapped and I did what I had to do to protect my kids from the dog,” he said.

Hill described what he did next.

“I grabbed the dog, put a leash on it, seen the lighter fluid, grabbed it — and me and the dog took off to Clay park.”

Hill says he tried to give the dog away to a shelter before the attack but no one would take it in because he says it was too vicious.

“Why didn’t you just let the dog go? Because if it would’ve attacked somebody else’s kid, everybody knew the dog was mine,” he said.

A judge denied Hill bond on June 6th and now faces felony animal cruelty for a crime he says he regrets.

“I know what I did was wrong, and I’m sorry cause I took it that far, but I did what I had to do to protect my kid.”

Hill’s trial has been set for September 18th.

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