It didn't take a detective to follow the trail of dried blood to garage #15D, or to figure out that the stench coming from inside was from a rotting corpse. An employee of La Valencia apartments, a complex sandwiched between Stemmons and Walton Walker freeways just northwest of Love Field, could figure out that much. A couple of Dallas PD patrol officers, Jonathan McMillion and Clair Schricker, were the ones who opened the garage and discovered that the corpse belonged to a dog rather than a person.
The garage, they soon learned, belonged to 20-year-old Brianna Burkowski -- listed occupation: "stripper" -- who occupied unit #1526. The dog belonged to her too.
Burkoswki told officers that her dog had died a few days before, and that she'd wrapped it in a blanket and put it in the garage.
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An animal control officer with the city of Dallas who was called to investigate determined that the animal had died after being starved and deprived of water and proper shelter. Burkowski was arrested for animal cruelty and taken to Lew Sterrett, according to the police report.