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Burned puppy 'recovering nicely'

Posted July 22, 2010 4:08 p.m. EDT

— 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.