Cocoa, a 7-month-old puppy, was burned after her owner, Dominique Clark, got into an argument with her former boyfriend, James Franklin Quick on June 14 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, according to police.
Quick, 23, allegedly poured charcoal lighter fluid on Cocoa and set her on fire. Thought he was arrested later that day on unrelated charges of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, he’s facing additional charges of animal cruelty and burning of personal property, WLTX reported.
Clark, 28, took Cocoa to the Animal Urgent Care, where veterinarians told her the dog would have to be treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids. However, Clark said she can’t afford the $1,000 bill, so she took the dog home, put ointment on Cocoa’s burned legs and wrapped them in cloth.
"I just don't have a thousand dollars to give them," Clark told The Fayetteville Observer. "I have bills to pay.”
Clark denies that she ever dated Quick, but said she knew him through an acquaintance. The Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Quick left her "aggressive messages on her cellphone.”
Clark said her dog is scared. Dr. John Lauby, director of Animal Control, said people can send donations for Cocoa’s treatment through his departments animal and stabilization fund.