A North Carolina man faces a charge of felony animal cruelty after his wife said he tried to set on fire their pit bull because he was tired of caring for the puppy, according to authorities.
Multiple media outlets reported the 9-week-old pit bull named Red was being treated at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said a woman flagged down a deputy Monday morning and said her husband had tried to set the dog on fire after the couple had argued.
Tony Brian Knolle, 24, who is charged with felony animal cruelty, was to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff's Detective Jonathan Perkins said it was unclear what was used to set fire to the dog because investigators found no evidence of flammable liquid. Red suffered singed fur, blisters and scrapes, along with gashes along his left hip and leg, authorities said.