Puppy set on fire is responding well to medication

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department have issued arrest warrants for a man accused of setting a nine-week-old puppy on fire.

Tony Brian Knolle, 24 from Fayetteville, is accused of trying to burn the puppy to death Monday morning after an argument with his wife.

Deputies say Miacarla Knolle waved down deputies early this morning and directed them to the home.  The puppy is a Pit Bull named "Red."  He suffered burns, singe marks, blisters and gashes to his left hip and leg.

The puppy is currently in the Cumberland County Animal Shelter for medical treatment and is responding well to medical care, according to Director Dr. John Lauby.

Officials are looking to adopt the puppy out, but he is not currently available for adoption since he's in protective custody and considered evidence in a felony cruelty case.

Once the puppy has been released from protective custody, he will be available for adoption. Under the shelter's procedures, once a new owner is found, the puppy will be neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

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