Dog burned alive; man is charged with animal cruelty

A Pulaski County man who allegedly burned a dog to death was charged Friday with animal cruelty, according to Kentucky State Police.

Police received a call at 11:40 a.m. Friday about a man possibly burning the dog.

Trooper William Cowan found a dead dog behind a house. The dog had been burned.

As Cowan approached the house, the property owner, James C. Calhoun, came out of the house with a pistol, according to police.

After several commands from police, Calhoun dropped the gun and was arrested.

Calhoun, 40, was charged with torture of a dog, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Police didn’t say why Calhoun allegedly burned the dog.

Calhoun was being held in the Pulaski County jail.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Science Hill Police Department assisted state police.