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Pennsylvania man arrested after setting fire to his 3 pet ferrets

By Mason White 11:24 AM August 18, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
A man was arrested and charged with animal abuse related charges after he set his 3 pet ferrets on fire, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Palmer Township Police said that a local man sprayed three ferrets with gasoline and set them on fire. The man’s wife said she is still in shock.

William Dickerson, 63, was indicted Friday on charges of animal cruelty, arson and other crimes.
Police said Cynthia Dickerson called police and reported that her husband had poured gasoline on the animals in their wire cage. She reported that her husband was drunk at the time.

“This is so completely out of place, off the wall, unreal, I cannot understand this. I’m pretty sure he does not understand what happened,” Cynthia Dickerson said. “It is a tragic disaster,” she also said.

Dickerson is free on $10,000 bail. he was prohibited from going home or having any contact with his wife.
Cynthia Dickerson, 58, said her husband is a Vietnam veteran and he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The couple also has four cats and two dogs.

“These are my babies, and they are his children. This is a man who never allowed anyone hurt an animal,” she said.
Veterinarians expect that the three ferrets, two females and one male, will survive. The male was more severely burned, and lost its tail and probably part of one leg.