4th arrest made in puppy torture, death case

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The Palestine Police Department has arrested a fourth person in connection with torture and death of a puppy in June.

According to police, Ronnie Morrison, 21, of Palestine, as taken into custody on Tuesday morning for his involvement in the death of Remi, a young puppy that suffered severe burns. 

Two people remain at large: Romello Smith, 21, and Andreas Hicks, 20. Warrants have been issued for both suspects.

Detectives have previously identified Perla Miranda Fernandez, 20, Jasmine Warren, 18, and a female minor, all of Athens, as additional suspects in the incident. Warrants were issued for these suspects early on in the case and all three have already been arrested.

All suspect have been charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal. They face up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The Palestine Police Department is actively trying to locate the other wanted subjects. Any person with information in regards to the suspects, or who may know their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2255 or Crimestoppers at 903-729-8477.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously by texting PALPD plus the information to 847411.

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