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Arrest made in animal abuse case of burned chihuahua Kyus

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UPDATE: David William Lee King, 23, of West Franklin St. has been identified by Washington County District Court as the suspect arrested and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. King is the person who told police he found the suffering young dog whimpering in the bushes in City Park according to the

On Tuesday evening, an arrest was made in Hagerstown, Md. in connection to an egregious animal cruelty case involving a tiny chihuahua named Kyus reports

The heartbreaking case has garnered national attention

The suspect's name has not been released, however authorities state the person faces eight counts of aggravated animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

The tragic case of the tiny dog began the day before Thanksgiving when a man called the Washington County Humane Society to report finding a whimpering little dog in the bushes in City Park.

The dog, named Kyus by city workers, had burns over 40% of his body; his caretakers had hoped the young, affectionate, and well-behaved dog would recover, but sadly that was not to be the case.

On Friday, with suspected chemical burns destroying almost 70% of his skin and Kyus being in excruciating pain, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the dog.

A necropsy has been ordered.

Rest in peace Kyus.

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