Havre Man Accused of Burning Dog to Death, Assaulting Father

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre man is facing three felony charges based on accusations that he burned a dog to death and assaulted his father.

Raven Ray Wolfgang Lanier, 23, has been charged with the felonies of aggravated animal cruelty, possession of explosives and assault with a weapon. He is also charged with misdemeanor partner or family member assault (1st offense).

According to court documents, on the afternoon of March 10th, law enforcement received a report that a dog had been intentionally burned and was in critical condition.

Officers arrived at the scene and observed a container of lighter fluid in the dining room and the burned dog in a bathtub. The dog was barely breathing and died a short time later.

Raven Lanier’s brother told authorities that Raven had threatened to kill the dog previously because it had defecated in his bedroom. He told authorities that he had left the dog out at lunch time, and by the time he returned home, the dog was burned in the bathtub, with Raven Lanier nowhere to be found.

Raven Lanier was located by authorities later that afternoon and stated that he had been working in Chinook during the time of the incident. However, court documents say he was unable to verify that claim.

Authorities seized the lighter fluid and claim that the fingerprint and black soot on the container matched what was observed on Raven’s palms.

The day prior, court documents state that Raven Lanier is accused of grabbing his father’s arm and threatening to stab him in the jugular. Raven is alleged to have been holding a 5-6″ steak knife with a serrated blade.

Lanier’s arraignment is set for March 29th in Hill County District Court. He remains in the Hill County Detention Center on a total bond of $100,000.

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