Detectives said it happened Sunday in the 13-hundred block of Davis Street in unincorporated Fayetteville.
A family said a female mix named Cocoa was let out of a home to run around in the yard. Cocoa's owner said she heard the dog crying and scratching at the door and opened it to find the dog on fire.
The family used clothing to smother the flames. The dog has been treated for second-degree burns to the body and face.
Deputies say someone poured flammable liquid on Cocoa and set her on fire. They've now charged 23-year-old James Franklin Quick of Red Springs with felony animal cruelty. Bond was set at $40,000.
The attack was apparently revenge after Quick and the dog's owner quarreled.
The Cumberland County Animal Control office is accepting donations on Cocoa's behalf to help pay for her care. They can be reached at (910) 321-6852.
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