Wood County Sheriff's deputies were called out to County Road 2174 Monday in regards to an animal complaint. When a deputy arrived on the scene, the deputy "discovered the metal bands from numerous burned tires and the burned carcass of a medium sized dog," according to a news release issued by the sheriff's office.
According to the release, Larry Lowery, 28, of Point, was arrested, charged and released from the Wood County Jail Tuesday after admitting to throwing a stray dog into a fire pit. Lowery told deputies he grabbed a stray dog that bit him two weeks earlier and was swinging it in the direction of a fire pit when he tripped and tossed the dog into the flames, the release reads.
Witnesses to the incident reported four people were sitting around a debris fire drinking Sunday night.
"One of the witnesses (unknown which one) made a comment daring Lowery to throw a stray dog in the fire," the release reads. "Witnesses stated that Lowery picked up a stray dog and threw the dog into the fire."
The report reads that witnesses said Lowery had burned two dogs and he was "bragging" about an incident in which an animal did not die, but "jumped out of the fire and ran off on fire," according to the release.
The case has been referred to the Wood County District Attorney's Office.
Lowry is charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, which is a state jail felony.