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Fayetteville man indicted in puppy burning case

Cumberland County investigators arrested a Fayetteville man Monday afternoon after a 9-week-old pit bull was set on fire.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — 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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