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Burned puppy up for adoption

Posted November 9, 2010 8:33 a.m. EST
Updated November 9, 2010 12:24 p.m. EST

— A puppy in Fayetteville, who authorities say was burned by his owner in July, is ready to be adopted, Cumberland County officials announced Tuesday.

The pit bill, named Red, was was 9 weeks old when he suffered burns, singe marks, blisters and gashes along his left hip and leg.

Tony Brian Knolle, 24, was accused of setting the dog on fire, following a dispute with his wife. He was charged with felony animal cruelty.

Animal Services has been given permission to put Red up for adoption, with the restriction that he may need to be brought in as evidence in the felony cruelty court case against Knolle, according to Animal Services Director John Lauby.

A drawing to select Red’s new owner will be held on the morning of Nov. 24 at the Cumberland County animal shelter.

"As with all the other pets they adopt out, Animal Services will try to make sure to the best of their ability that Red goes to a good home," said Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt. "Animal Services expects all pet owners to comply with the code provisions regarding the proper treatment of animals."

Red will be ready to go home that day with his new owners, just in time for Thanksgiving, county officials said in a news release.

Anyone interested in adopting Red can enter the drawing by e-mailing ccac@co.cumberland.nc.us. Please put “Adoption Drawing Entry” in the subject line, and provide name, address and phone number.

Those interested may also drop by the shelter at 4704 Corporation Drive during adoption hours to enter the drawing and see the other animals available to good homes. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The fee to adopt Red is $58, which covers the cost of neutering, rabies vaccination, micro-chipping and the county license fee.