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Burned puppy 'recovering nicely'

Posted July 22, 2010

— A puppy in Fayetteville who authorities say was burned by his owner is still on the mend.

"He is recovering nicely and is quite the 'newshound,'" Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, said in an e-mail Thurdsay.

The 10-week-old pit bull puppy, called Red, is being treated at Cumberland County animal services after Tony Brian Knolle, 24, allegedly set the dog on fire, following a dispute with his wife last week.

Tanna said Red suffered singed fur and blisters and scrapes on his torso and legs.

"Animal services has received phone calls as far away as California from people interested in adopting him," she said, adding that he still isn't available for adoption.

Authorities have said Red will be available when he is out of protective custody and no longer considered evidence in the criminal case against Knolle, who is charged with felony animal cruelty.


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  • fearna Jul 22, 2010

    God has plans for that man - sending him right back to the Devil, from where he came.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 22, 2010

    I'm glad the dog is on the mend. I hope the perp is prosecuted to the full extent.

  • Brindy Jul 22, 2010

    For the love of pit bulls. Please view and share and help restore the reputation of these loving, loyal companions....

    Remember, it's the owner's fault, not the dog's...


  • Desiderata Jul 22, 2010

    Seeker..great advice.. Glad Red is doing well! Now to go hug my dogs, cats, horses!:)

  • airbornemonty Jul 22, 2010

    jag0129, that man isn't a gentleman at all. A gentlman implies a person of good and noble birth.

    That I'm afraid he isn't.

  • CuriousT Jul 22, 2010

    When people mistreat animals, mistreating those they "love" is not far behind. I hope that both the dog and the wife recover from this.

    Animals are a bit like children. They should all be "wanted" and "loved". If you can't commit to their love, care, and protection for the long term, don't have them.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 22, 2010

    People are mean. The government should be harder.

  • jag0129 Jul 22, 2010

    yay! so happy to hear this. it tore me up when i read the initial article and i hope the gentlemen receives quite a punishment for being so heartless.

  • the seeker Jul 22, 2010

    I say do the same to the person who did this. just dont let the fire go out on them.

  • hiyadun Jul 22, 2010

    GREAT NEWS!!!!! So Adorable!!!