Homeless woman arrested for setting dog on fire


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tequila Quashea Atkins, 37, was arrested early this morning on a warrant for animal cruelty after allegedly setting a dog on fire.

On Thursday morning, a Gainesville Police Department Officer responded to a wooded area between the Walgreens at 1120 E. University Avenue and NE 3rd Avenue, where Atkins and an unidentified man are living in a tent and camper.

Atkins was reportedly upset with the man, who owns two dogs and had left them with Atkins after the two had an argument.

Atkins allegedly intentionally poured gasoline on the two dogs and intentionally set fire to one of the dogs, then sent a video of the dog on fire to the man. The officer reported that the dog, which was tied to a tree, could be heard whimpering and trying to run away on the video.

A witness reported that Atkins ran away after setting the dog on fire.

The officer reported that there were burn marks on the dog and that its harness was also burned. The officer was able to identify Atkins because she had been to the same location and had spoken with Atkins earlier in the same day. A sworn complaint was filed, and a warrant was issued by Judge David Kreider on Friday. Atkins was picked up early this morning.

Atkins has two local felony convictions and three misdemeanor convictions. She has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty; the bail on the warrant is $50,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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