Calib Dansel Lanier  (Credit: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

Cobb County man accused of setting pit bull on fire

A Cobb County man is accused of setting fire to a doghouse, causing severe burns to the female pit bull that was inside, according to police.

Calib Dansel Lanier, of Smyrna, was arrested Monday night at his home and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and third-degree arson, both felonies, Cobb jail records showed. Lanier was being held Tuesday afternoon on $10,000 bond.

No information was released on a possible motive. An arrest warrant stated the dog did not belong to Lanier.

“Said accused did maliciously cause physical harm to an animal, ‘Royalti’, a 1½ year old female pit bulldog, when he used a flammable accelerant to ignite the dog house that Royalti occupied, causing severe burns and serious disfiguration across the head and body of the dog,” the warrant stated.

The dog, injured May 12, was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for treatment, according to police.

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