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Man suspected of strapping fireworks to dog has been arrested

Westlake Village Animal Hospital

Police in Los Angeles, Calif., have arrested a man who is believed to be responsible for severely injuring a dog with fireworks this past July, reported Saturday's NBC 4 News.

On Thursday, authorities arrested 41-year-old Carlos Duarte for the disturbing incident which left a pit bull, dubbed "Indy," with severe, third-degree burns over much of his body.

On July 5, Indy was discovered in Van Nuys and taken to the East Valley Animal Shelter; he was rescued by Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.). The two-year-old dog was then transferred to the Westlake Village Animal Hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries and skin grafts.

After recovering, the dog was adopted by one of the veterinary technicians from the animal hospital.

Tips and a reward led the authorities to Duarte - he is believed to be the individual who was captured by surveillance cameras, yanking Indy from the back of a white truck and dumping the dog by a trash bin.

The individuals who provided the case-breaking tip about the person responsible for the cruel crime is expected to receive the sizable reward which was offered by S.T.A.R.T.

Prior story about Indy here.

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