Authorities say a 20-year-old Lucedale man arrested on a charge of animal cruelty is accused of dousing his 5-year-old Chihuahua mix in a flammable liquid and setting it on fire.
George County Sheriff Dean Howell tells The Sun Herald the dog, named "Socks," died of massive burns to the body Thursday at George County Animal Hospital.
Howell says Brandon Pierce was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
He says they hope to upgrade the charge against Pierce to a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty as early as Friday.
Deputies said the dog was on fire Tuesday when they responded to a 911 call for help at Pierce's home.
It was unclear whether Pierce has an attorney.
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