ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A 22-year-old man accused of intentionally setting a dog on fire this summer has been charged.

Wesley L. Reid faces one count of animal abuse.

The pit bull named, Zeus, was found Aug. 27 in a neighbor’s yard with extensive burns over his body and face. The injuries were severe enough that veterinarians decided to euthanize him.

“He was a well taken care of dog,” said Mike Perkins with the Humane Society of Missouri. “Even when we brought the dog in he was wagging his tail after being burned.”

Zeus’ owner had reported the dog missing a day earlier.

Officials revealed in documents to KMOX that Reid allegedly texted the dog’s owner that he planned to set Zeus on fire and phone records indicate Reid was in the area of Amelia and Bircher in North St. Louis during the time the dog was burned.

If convicted Reid faces up to seven years in prison.

A five thousand dollar reward was being offered for the information that leads to the conviction.

Zeus was the second dog that was intentionally burned in north St. Louis this summer.


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