Older photo of Domingo Palafox

A Troy man will make an initial court appearance at 1 p.m. MST today in the Lincoln County Justice Court after he was charged yesterday with two counts of witness tampering and one count of animal cruelty, all three felonies, for crimes including allegedly beating and setting a dog named Percy on fire.


Troy Police Chief Katie Davis named the puppy after he was found as a testament to his resilience and good spirit.

It means both perseverance and mercy.

Domingo Palafox was arrested at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, with bond set at $150,000.

Percy, now with a forever family in Canada, turned up on the porch of a Troy home on Callahan Creek and Sixth Street March 9. Tracks in the snow showed he tried to get into a trash can for food, gave up, and crawled to the porch.

While there is uncertainty as to what befell Percy, about nine months old, it appears that he was beaten, stomped and kicked, and that he was sprayed with a flammable fluid, possibly lighter fluid, and set afire.

It's believed that Percy clenched his eyes shut when the fluid was lit, which, coupled with his heavy coat, likely damp when the atrocity occurred, saved his sight. He suffered serious burns to his face, neck and between his hind legs.

It is suspected by his injuries that he was tied up when he was ignited, and likely trapped until he was able to either chew through the collar he was wearing or lost enough weight that he was able to slip the collar.

He was emaciated, near starving, with gravel in his stool showing how dire was his hunger.


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at, which he launched in March, 2018.

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