Tarrant County Man Put His Puppies to Sleep by Beating Them to Death, Lighting Them on Fire

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Tarrant County Sheriff's Office
Early this morning, Fox 4 posted a report on a Tarrant County couple, Melissa Woodard and Christopher Apala, charged with beating their three puppies to death, then stuffing them in a barrel and setting them on fire.

The initial information came from police, with Woodard's sister, who said she called 911 after she confessed, providing additional details later in the day. "I walked over here to the bin to see if what she said was true, and when I looked in they were like stacked in there," she told Fox 4.

This seems like it'll be a slam dunk case for prosecutors. The evidence -- namely, a barrel full of burned puppies -- will be pretty hard for Woodard and Alpala to dispute. In any case, the couple apparently feel they have nothing to lose, since they've made the decision to plead their case to the media.

The couple described an impoverished existence in seperate interviews with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Domingo Ramirez Jr., living in rural Tarrant County with no jobs and no money.

"I loved them, but we had no food for them," Woodard told the paper. "We barely had food for ourselves. They were starving to death."

And so, when Apala woke up on Saturday morning and saw that the puppies were suffering, he decided that, since they had no car to take them to the animal shelter, the "humane" thing to do was to put them out of their misery.

"I hit each one time in the head with a stick. I put them all together in a sheet," Apala explained to Ramirez. "And I then put them in the barrel and burned them."

You might ask yourself why, exactly, he thought it advisable to tell all this to a newspaper reporter. Common sense would dictate that you shut your mouth in a situation like this and lay low until your trial. Then again, common sense would also dictate not setting dogs on fire. Apparently not their strong suit.


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ddog0583
ddog0583

Thats my dad so who ever said anything negative about hime plz stop im only ten im worried about him and i love him so dont be negative about him

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Nothing more brutal or gruesome than takes place every HOUR in a Commercial Slaughterhouse.


Yolanda Erickson
Yolanda Erickson

The humane thing would've been to find someone, anyone, to take the dogs to the shelter!

teysha
teysha

The banjos!  Please!  Make them stop!

Kim D Ward
Kim D Ward

and they look like brother and sister tweakers, bet they could afford that !!!

Kim D Ward
Kim D Ward

White trash scum !!!! hope they burn !!!

ruddski
ruddski

Crazy thing is, that chick is only 19.

John1073
John1073

I bet these impoverished people have plenty of money for meth from the looks of it. Low life pieces of shit.

Angela Williams
Angela Williams

Ummmm, technically he didn't put them to sleep. He murdered them.

azimmiza
azimmiza

Imagine, them being your neighbors. 

JIm Karger
JIm Karger

Low rent trailer trash. Put them to sleep. Save society from having to deal with them and their half-breed offspring.

Ingrid Castillo
Ingrid Castillo

The same torture should be done onto them as they did the pups except I would set their asses on fire alive, Burn baby burn!!!!!!!!

Andrea Ellis
Andrea Ellis

The put their puppies to sleep...um...they killed them...huge difference....

Christopher A. Jones
Christopher A. Jones

Ah yes, I can spot a tweeker at 1000 paces. She's got tha look (que 80's song). Probably grinding her teeth right now coming down off that shit in jail. WAIT..........what teeth. Waste of flesh tha both of um.

Ilona Scheel
Ilona Scheel

This article is horrifying. I would believe it except for the FACT that the "journalist" that wrote this article has completely destroyed his "credibility".

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Beating puppies to death and then burning the remains -- even if you can't afford to feed them and believe you are putting them out of their misery -- is a horrible thing.

But if the comments on this blog are to be taken literally -- "Burn them!" "Put them in a bin and burn them em efers!!" "an eye for an eye" -- then we human beings have far deeper and more unsettling problems than a few dead puppies.

Judy Eguez
Judy Eguez

...and now they'll have meals in jail. Yay (*sarcasm*)

Trey Vandygriff
Trey Vandygriff

it would have been MORE humane to kill and eat the dogs if things were that bad....

Valerie D. Ruiz Rodriguez
Valerie D. Ruiz Rodriguez

OH my God! What the hell??!! Really? That is just disgusting! You don't hurt innocence like that. The sad thing is. These people are useless either way, whether in jail or our gov't still pays for them to survive. Put them in a bin and burn them em efers!!...........too much??

Misti
Misti

survey says... METH... every other comment.. and by the looks of them, I would say I agree. They have all the characteristic features. Scumbags deserve a burn barrel themselves.

Chip Dimaano
Chip Dimaano

Bet they had a cell phone they could've call the ASPCA.

ddog0583
ddog0583

Thats my dad u shit im only ten so if u dont stop im

Going to hunt u down

ddog0583
ddog0583

No my daf doesnt so shut up

casiepierce
casiepierce

@JIm Karger Is there such a thing as high rent trailer trash?

ddog0583
ddog0583

Wow ur so fucking mean i hope u die mothet fucker

casiepierce
casiepierce

@bmarvel Most of the comments are from facebook and don't seem to be regular contributors to this blog. They saw the headline in their feed and hence, these "enlightened" spastic responses. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Trey Vandygriff I think we should eat the dogs that the animal shelter euthanizes.  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Blair Reeves Whereas your comments reflects the height of enlightment--ignorant piece of trash you

Daniel
Daniel

@ddog0583   Here's a life lesson for ya, sonny: If you abuse animals, particularly in a horrific way, people will hold you in the utmost contempt. They will say nasty things about you.

If you really are his son, I hope he gets his shit together and you manage to have some semblance of a decent relationship with him. He's got an awful lot of shit to get together, it would seem. His actions indicate that he may be a sociopath; I hope for your sake that he merely has a bad drug problem that temporarily scrambled his brain. He TORTURED PUPPIES TO DEATH, for Christ's sake.

melinda_cook68
melinda_cook68

@scottindallas Oh calm down, we all say things when provoked with these type of stories. I think most of us has a little of the dark side that would like to stick a hot iron to their a**es and watch them jump a few times. That's just human nature.

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