Dog Set on Fire Expected to Make Full Recovery, Finds Forever Home

A man in South Carolina has been accused of setting his dog on fire, leaving the animal with second and third-degree burns all over its body.

Antonio Gant was charged on Wednesday with ill-treatment of animals, which is a felony, WGHP Fox 8 reported.

Investigators from Union County Sheriff's Office allege that Gant poured a can of gasoline over his dog, named Miller, and set him on fire.

Miller managed to survive his ordeal on New Year's Day and is recovering, according to Ashley Hamilton, who runs the rescue group now caring for the dog.

"He still holds up a bad leg because there's so much burn underneath his stomach," Hamilton told WGHP Fox 8.

"At first, it was hard. I think he has some PTSD, or some trauma. He's very fearful, but he's not aggressive," she added.

"He has some [burns] on the side, a lot was on one side and underneath, and his ears. I think he was probably rolling around in the grass, which caused the fire to get his ears," said Hamilton.

Gant, who was granted bond, is expected to appear in court on April 12. If convicted, he could receive a $5,000 fine or up to five years in prison.

Captain Scott Coffer of the Union County Sheriff's Office told WGHP Fox 8: "This is the first one I've heard of a dog being set on fire. You take it to extreme lengths when you grab a gasoline can and a lighter."

Newsweek has contacted the sheriff's office for further comment.

Miller has had multiple surgeries since the incident and is now on pain medication. "So, it's a lot of antibiotics and he's on pain medicine that he takes twice a day, which helps," said Hamilton.

"He loves to play, loves to play," she added. "You can tell he's scared of certain things, mainly men, but he still loves to play."

Once he's fully healed, Miller will be on his way to his new home with a family in Connecticut, where he can continue to play.

In other rescue dog news, a Chihuahua in San Diego has been named Cheeto Murphy after being coaxed to safety with the cheesy snacks.

The dog had been spotted on a freeway in the city and officers from San Diego Humane Society and even the California Highway Patrol had made six unsuccessful attempts to collect him.

He was eventually rescued by two office workers who found him in their company parking lot—and lured him with a bag of Cheetos that one of the workers had in her desk. The Chihuahua is now at the humane society awaiting adoption.