An Arcadia man accused in a disturbing crime against a dog has been released on bond.
Larry Wallace, 66, was arrested Monday and charged with arson and animal cruelty for dousing his dog with kerosene and then setting her on fire.
During his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon, Wallace looked disoriented and confused. His friends and neighbors say he suffers from mental health issues.
He entered a not guilty plea in court and bond was set at $8,500. The DeSoto County Jail website shows he was released at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday evening.
The 1-year-old mixed breed dog, affectionately been named "Hope", is being cared for here in Tampa Bay at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. BluePearl issued a release Tuesday night, saying Hope's burned eyes have made "significant improvements" since last week.
Hope is expected to recover and retain her sight in both eyes, BluePearl said.
As of Tuesday afternoon the Hardee County Animal Rescue Team has raised $50,977 for Hope's medical care.
If you would like to learn more about donating visit the Hardee County Animal Rescue Team's website.