Owner of dog set on fire granted bond

Arthur M Vieira (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials have identified and charged the owner of a dog that was found dead after it was allegedly bound and set on fire in Virginia Beach.

dog set on fireOfficials charged 26-year-old Arthur M Vieira with felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor obstructing justice and misdemeanor dumping companion animals on private property.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirms, over its objection, Vieira received a $25,000 secured bond Monday June 29. He is required to have no alcohol and cannot use any illegal or non-prescribed drugs. He is subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol.

On May 29, officials found a pit bull-type dog who was involved in a brush fire in the 1200 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. Investigators said the dogs front and rear legs were bound together and the dog was still alive when it was set on fire.

As this case remains under investigation, the Virginia Beach Fire Department may obtain additional charges.

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