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Fayetteville man indicted in puppy burning case

Posted December 14, 2010

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— The Fayetteville man accused of setting a 9-week-old puppy on fire over the summer was indicted Monday on a charge of felony cruelty to animals.

Tony Brian Knolle, 24, of 549 McBain Drive, was arrested at his home July 12 after his wife flagged down a Cumberland County Sheriff's Office deputy and told him Knolle  tried to set the dog on fire because he was tired of taking care of him.

The puppy, named Red, suffered burns, singe marks, blisters and gashes along his left hip and leg. 

Cumberland County Animal Services nursed Red back to health, and a Raleigh Police Department detective adopted him earlier this month.  


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  • Weetie Dec 15, 2010

    scubagirl, I THINK (and pray that I am wrong) that Susie's Law will not work in this case. If I am correct it only came in effect 12/01/2010 and applies only to offenses committed on or after that date. I pray it will apply but not sure - If anyone knows for sure please correct me if I am wrong. Maybe Susie's Law will help other animals if not Red...

  • anne53ozzy Dec 14, 2010

    Again. No bad about Oxford PD or authorities I have talked to. This issue is about the law. There was a time when women and children were considered "propety". This nomenclature has to change in the law before concerned citizens and those who respond to complaints can be assured that animals are protected in due time.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 14, 2010

    I failed to mention that this issue is more about the law than about the people in Oxford. The law ties the hands of those of us who observe abuse as well as that of the police. This state has got to recoginize 2 things...These pets are not property and a 24-hour waiting period is too long before action can be taken.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 14, 2010

    I have been fighting w local authorities for days about an issue in Oxford related to dogs left unprotected in this weather. The legislature needs to step up and make abuse of pets on any level a serious matter. They are still referred to as "property" and the law is tricky on that matter when you call about it.

  • jetskichic688 Dec 14, 2010

    I really think we need to revert back to the "eye for an eye" rule. people would think twice before acting. but you have these people that think that criminals are sane human beings and should be treated as such. Come on! Some one has to be really messed up in the head to light a puppy on fire. Lakeyk1, he will never feel any remorse or shame for what he did. In his mind he will always be in the right.

  • lakeyk1 Dec 14, 2010

    How sad it is to look into the face(s) of these fellons and see no remorse, shame, compassion etc. That says there is no heart or soul and this type of profile needs to be shown what pain is. Part of his punishment should be at least 100 hrs. in an animal shelter taking care of helpless animals and cleanning their pens....supervised only. But then again this may make him even more angrier and take out more revenge on more animals, while on parole. We all know how parole works (not). lk5050

  • Kelondris Dec 14, 2010

    Well, hopefully they do not have kids. If he can't handle a puppy he sure cannot handle having a child!!!

    Should be LAW: If you cannot handle taking care of an animal, then you should not be allowed to have children!!!

  • Scubagirl Dec 14, 2010

    Susie's Law will hopefully help make the charges stick and the penalty harsh.

  • wayneboyd Dec 14, 2010

    jp11 I Love your take on justice!!!!!!

  • CherryDarling Dec 14, 2010

    Someone needs to light a match under this dimwit so he can see what it feels like...