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N.M. Boy Accused of Burning Dog’s Ears

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ROSWELL (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Roswell boy used cologne and a lighter to ignite a 1-year-old Chihuahua’s ears on fire.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that police said Monday that the Chihuahua, named Paws, suffered from third- and fourth-degree burns.

Roswell Police Sgt. Jim Preston said the 12-year-old boy was arrested and charged with both extreme animal cruelty and animal cruelty. He is being held at the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center until his hearing in 5th District Court.

Leandro Gutierrez, of Casa Querencia, said veterinarians may have to amputate one of the dog’s ears since the tip was well cooked.

Third-degree burns cause a destruction of epidermis and dermis, going all the way to the root of the hair on a human and to the fur on a dog.

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