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Man in cuffs after tossing dog into fire

April 12, 2012

West Warwick police arrest a local man after throwing dog into a fire. Times File Photo.

WEST WARWICK — A West Warwick man was arrested and charged after he allegedly threw a dog into a fire.

Sgt. Scott Amaral told the Times that on April 7, the department was notified of a domestic dispute between Christopher Loranger, 35, of 65 Prospect Hill Ave. and a woman. During the argument, the family dog was barking, causing a ruckus, and because Loranger was arguing with the woman, he picked the dog up and threw him into the fire.

The dog was a Chihuahua and beagle mix and suffered burns to the hind legs. The dog was treated and police report that its injuries were non-life threatening. The case was referred to the West Warwick Animal Control to follow up and ensure the dog continues to receive proper medical condition.

“Every once in a while, we will have a case like this and it usually stems around a domestic incident. The perpetrator is usually upset with someone else and ends up hurting the family pet,” said Amaral.

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