A Dallas man is accused of setting a dog on fire, and has been charged with animal cruelty.
Otis Gardner, 64, was taken into custody by police after he allegedly poured gasoline on a neighbor's dog and lit it on fire, the Dallas News reports.
On April 27, police and firefighters responded to a call in Dallas and found a dog that had been set on fire. The fire had already been put out when police arrived.
Police say Gardner told the dog's owner he lit the dog on fire to prevent it from fighting another dog.
The dog, named Bruno, has been treated at a local veterinary clinic and is recovering, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.
“We want to thank our community for being our eyes and ears on the street and remind everyone of the importance of reporting animal-related issues, especially animal cruelty,” Dallas Animal Services division manager Jody Jones said.
Gardner posted bail and has been released from jail, MySanAntonio reports. The arrest affidavit is currently unavailable, according to the Dallas County District Clerk's Office.