JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A Jacksonville teen will be back in court next month on a charge that he intentionally caused severe burns to a dog.
Joseph Madina, 16, of 267 Horizon Lane was arrested on September 27. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office made the arrest based on a warrant issued by a magistrate. He was charged with felony cruelty to animals.
Animal Services is not yet releasing photos of the dog for the safety of the animal and its foster home.
According to the arrest warrant, Madina is accused of pouring gasoline on a male black and white pit bull and setting the dog on fire. Witnesses told NewsChannel 12's Nicole Griffin the dog ran down the street and jumped into a man's car. The man saw how badly burned the pitbull was and Onslow County Animal Services was notified.
"I'm not shocked, I find it unfortunate, that someone's able to do that to a dog," said Alben Crouch, a nearby land owner. "If they can do that to their own pet, what else are they capable of doing?"
Madina, whose last name is also listed as Madina in court records, had a first appearance in court on September 28. His next court date is October 11.
According to the Jacksonville Daily News, an adult living at the same residence was cited with misdemeanor for failing to provide veterinary care for the dog, but information was not immediately available on the name of the suspect.