SABINE PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A 12-year-old boy is accused of pouring boiling water on a 6-month-old stray puppy in Sabine Parish, severely burning the dog.
Authorities said it happened last week at an apartment complex in Many.
The boy reportedly told Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office authorities that he poured the water because the dog, a female black lab mix, would not stay out of the family's garbage.
On Tuesday, Joe Dewil of the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office, said authorities continue to investigate.
The boy is charged with simple cruelty to animals. Animal cruelty carries a fine of $1,000 or six months in prison, under state law.
The dog has been named "Amazing Grace" by Sabine Humane Society workers.
Lisa Butler, shelter manager, said the dog is living up to her name.
"She is amazing! She still has a long road to recovery. She is on antibiotics and pain meds. We have to give her a daily bath and she has to have a cream applied twice daily. The hardest part is keeping her from biting her burns. If we are able to keep the burns from infection, she will be up for adoption, it really depends on how well she heals. Grace will make someone a wonderful pet, she loves everyone despite all she is going through," Butler said in a Tuesday email.