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SPCA: Abused, severely burned dog now in forever home 'in heaven'

Michael's story is now going viral on social media
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Posted at 10:28 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 10:29:45-05

Staff at the Frances Willis SPCA in South Carolina were hoping to save the life of a severely abused and burned terrier mix that was dropped off at their shelter on Tuesday morning, but unfortunately, the dog died from its injuries. 

ABC News 4 WCIV reports that the dog named Michael (after the John Travolta movie about an angel), was burned with what workers believe was gasoline. He was found wandering the streets of St. Stephens, South Carolina and was dropped off at the shelter by Dorchester County Animal Control around 10 a.m. on Tuesday. He had signs of abuse and also looked severely emaciated.  

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, the executive director of the shelter said she had hope for a "Cinderella story," but they didn't get the one they expected. 

They say Michael endured too much and reached his forever home "in heaven."

According to South Carolina state law, a person found guilty of intentional animal abuse that inflicts excessive pain, suffering or death is guilty of felony. The sentence is no less than 180 days in jail and does not exceed five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

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