Conn. Man Accused of Setting Puppy on Fire

He said the puppy was already dead, officials said

By Hasani Gittens
|  Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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A man is accused of setting fire to a puppy in a park.

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A Connecticut man accused of setting fire to one of several dogs he brought to a park in Stratford.

Twenty-one-year-old Donovan Brooks of Bridgeport is charged with cruelty to animals, reckless burning and other crimes. He posted $1,000 bail and is to be arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 17.

Firefighters found Brooks standing over the puppy's charred body when they were called to a fire at Clover Field on Saturday. Brooks had three other dogs chained to poles nearby, police said.

Brooks acknowledged setting fire the dog on fire, but he told investigators that the animal had died earlier and he didn't know what else to do with the body, police said.

Apparently Brooks never heard of a shovel.

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