Burned puppy ready for adoption

"Red" had serious burns and gashes on his hip and leg. (Image courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

November 9, 2010 3:30:43 PM PST
A puppy that was set on fire during an alleged domestic dispute is ready for adoption at the Cumberland County animal shelter.

The 9-week-old puppy was left with scars and blisters, after sheriff's investigators say 24-year-old Tony Brian Knolle tried to set the dog, whose name is Red, on fire during an argument with his wife. He's charged with felony animal cruelty.

At first there were concerns Red would have to go back to his owner, but Knolle's wife signed the puppy over to Cumberland County Animal Services after the incident.

Animal lovers around the country have been beating a path to the shelter's door, offering to give him a good home.

"We had 150 e-mails and 300 phone calls in two days of people wanting to adopt," Cumberland County Animal Services Director Dr. John Lauby said in July.

Anyone interested in adopting the dog can enter the drawing by e-mailing mailto:mccac@co.cumberland.nc.usail. Please put "Adoption Drawing Entry" in the subject line, and provide name, address and phone number.

You may also drop by the shelter at 4704 Corporation Dr. 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 p.m. 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.

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