Puppy burned in domestic dispute gets a new home

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

December 3, 2010 3:34:14 PM PST
Five months after a puppy was burned in a domestic dispute, he met his new owner on Friday.

Red, a pit bull mix, has made a remarkable recovery from serious injuries he suffered in July when he was allegedly intentionally burned by his owner.

Investigators say Tony Brian Knolle of 549 McBain Drive, Fayetteville, poured lighter fluid on Red and set him on fire during an argument with his wife.

Red suffered burns, singe marks, blisters and gashes along his left hip and leg. He spent the summer being treated for those injuries.

Steve Rolan, Cumberland County's Animal Shelter manager, said, "We nursed him through those. Then we kept him here, vaccinated him, played with him, de-wormed him and tried to monitor his health as close as possible."

Red's new owner is a detective with the Raleigh Police Department. Catherine Woodard was selected by lottery from about 125 entries of people wanting to become Red's new family.

Woodard was complimentary of the shelter, "What happened to him was traumatic. For him to be so trusting and so eager and friendly towards people, it speaks volumes to the care that he must have received here."

Woodard says she has three other dogs, and Red will fit in well with his new family.

"He has apparently been socialized with other dogs and so we're hopeful that will help us out. And we're just going to take it slow and go at his pace."

Knolle was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty in July.

According to the Superior Court Clerk in Cumberland County, Knolle failed to appear in court on October 28. There is currently a warrant out for his arrest.

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