Alliance man accused of burning his dog alive

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ALLIANCE, Ohio -- A man in Alliance was held in jail on disturbing charges: He's accused of burning his dog alive.

Chad Karka, of the 1000 block of W. College Street, was arrested Friday on a felony charge of cruelty and torture to animals, made possible by Goddard's Law.

"That's sickening he ought to go to prison and just stay there right in there as far as I'm concerned," said Linda Long who lives nearby.

"If he's doing it to a dog he can do it to a human being that's how I look at it," said Long.

Police say witnesses called police on Thursday after reportedly seeing Karka carrying a "limp" dog to the fire, before tossing the animal into the flames.  The dog then allegedly ran around in the backyard on fire.

By the time officers arrived at Karka's home, the dog was found dead in a fire pit.

"I can't imagine anybody wanting to do that or having reason to do that having a thought enter their minds it's disturbing," said Trent McIlvain who lives nearby.

Karka will likely appear in court later this week.