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Man suspected of throwing puppy on grill has bond hearing

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(Columbia) October 5, 2006 - Deputies have arrested the person they think is responsible for burning a puppy on a grill in Columbia on October 1st.

A bond hearing for 28-year-old Adan Gonzalez took place at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. A judge set bond at $10,000 surety, which means Adan will have to come up with the entire amount to get out of jail.

Adan Gonzalez was arrested Wednesday evening. He lives in the same mobile home park as the dog owner. The sheriff's department says he admitted to throwing the puppy on the grill but doesn't know why he did it. He is charged with a felony count of animal cruelty.

The puppy's name was Lady, a 12-week-old pure-breed boxer puppy. She was treated for burns over 60 percent of her body.

Some residents of the Hacienda mobile home park near Pontiac told us it all started Sunday afternoon. An eyewitness says he could hear the dog yelping, and he saw that the dog was burned on one side.

Lady had a fighting chance to live because of Tina Fulton, "The puppy came running from back there and came here up under my porch and I got up and grabbed it. I could tell it was burnt- paws burnt and finger nails melted off."

Tina Fulton tried to ease the boxer puppy's pain, "I was beside myself. I just grabbed it, took it inside and put burn cream on its paws and wrapped it in a towel and told my son, 'Let's take it to the vet.'"

"You could still smell the burning flesh and she was screaming in pain," says Dr. Kennerly Bast.

While they cleaned  and bandaged her wounds, giving her medicine for her pain, Dr. Bast says, "she began licking and kissing all over the staff members. She was just the sweetest dog, even though she was in excruciating pain."

The person responsible will be evicted from the mobile home park.

Lady is undergoing a necropsy, an autopsy for animals. The results should be ready later this week. Josh Gowan of the Humane Society tells WIS, "Obviously we know what cause of death is but we received other information that warranted taking the dog and taking a much closer look at it."

As for the dog owner, his landlord is going to buy him a new puppy, just like Lady.

If you have any additional information on the case, you can call the Humane Society at (803) 783-1267.

Updated 11:06am by Bryce Mursch

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