On Tuesday, 22-year-old Wesley Reid was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal abuse for the alleged, intentional burning of the pit bull in late August.
On Aug. 27, the three-year-old dog was discovered, with widespread burn injuries, in a neighborhood in north St. Louis; the dog had been reported missing by his owner just one day prior to Zeus' discovery.
After Zeus was recovered, his owner took him to the Humane Society, where veterinarians determined that the massive third-degree burns, covering 75 percent of his head, along with more severe burning across much of his body, necessitated euthanasia.
According to CBS St. Louis, officials have stated that there are documents revealing that Reid sent texts to Zeus' owner which indicated that he intended to set the dog on fire.
Reid could face up to seven years in prison if he is convicted.
Prior story on this cruelty case here.
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