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Charges filed in case of Sabine Parish puppy burned with boiling water

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SABINE PARISH, La. -

Sabine Parish Sheriff's officials confirm that a 12-year-old boy has been arrested for pouring boiling water on a 6-month old stray black lab puppy at Timbers Apartment complex in Many, LA.

Her name is 'Amazing Grace', an appropriate name for a dog that wagged her tail at animal rescue workers just hours after receiving first and second degree burns all down her back.

"How somebody could do it. Like, why? Why would you want to do it?"

Hunter Tarpley works summers at the Sabine Parish Humane Society and was one of the first people on the scene this past Tuesday after the call came in that a stray dog may be injured at timbers apartments.

"We asked people and finally we got this one dude to tell us that somebody poured boiling water on her," Tarpley says.

That somebody turned out to be a 12-year-old boy who sheriff's officials say admitted to dousing Grace with boiling water because she wouldn't stay out of the family's trash.

"It's a serious crime because you're intentionally inflicting harm on an animal, which is never a good thing," says Joe Dewil, with the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Dept.

Grace spent several days recovering at a local veterinarian, before being transferred to the Humane Society.

She's currently being treated with ant-biotics to prevent infection, which could lead to serious complications.

"It's was just horrible. The main thing, it was heartbreaking," says Lisa Butler, Human Society Manager.

But that doesn't seem to be darkening Grace's spirits.

"That's the amazing thing about a dog, you know. No matter what you do to them or how they're treated, they'll always turn around and love again. They don't hold grudges," Butler says.

Sheriff's officials say a charge of cruelty to an animal carries a fine of $1000 or six months in prison.

'Grace' is expected to make a full recovery but that could take several more months. The Humane Society says they've received several calls from people interested in adopting her.

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