Troopers: Dog set on fire, 2 Halfmoon men arrested in connection

Scott Cusson, left, and Edward Turner, Jr., right (PHOTOS: New York State Police)

HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10 ABC) – State Police in Clifton Park have accused one man of setting a dog on fire, and then another man of waiting days to take the animal to a veterinarian.

It was on February 9 that Troopers say 19-year old Scott Cusson, of Halfmoon, poured some kind of flammable liquid on the 9-month old pit bull and then dropped a lit match on it.

The dog suffered burns to its face and ear, according to State Police. It is now being cared for at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Edward Turner, Jr., 19, of Halfmoon, is facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to provide sustenance. Police say he knew about the injuries to the dog, but didn’t get the animal medical attention until two days later.

Investigators first learned about the incident when the veterinarian caring for the dog filed a complaint with authorities. The puppy suffers from an infection to the burn area. She may lose an ear that was badly burned.

Cusson is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. He was arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court and is now in the Saratoga County Jail, without bail. He’s scheduled to be back in court on February 24.

Turner was released on an appearance ticket. He’s expected to return to the same court on March 5.

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