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COBB COUNTY, Ga -- A Smyrna man is charged with Arson and Cruelty to Animals for setting a dog house and the dog inside on fire, according to Cobb County Police.

A one-year-old pit bull, named Royalti, was rushed to the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic on May 12, 2015 after she was found burned in the back yard of a home on Laurel Circle in Smyrna.

Doctors at the clinic said the dog suffered first and second degree burns over 60-percent of her body. They said it was touch-and-go for a while and the dog still has a long recovery ahead.

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She is still in pretty severe pain, but she tolerates it very well and she's got another painful four to six weeks ahead of her,
"
said Dr. Regan Burford.
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It's amazing how well she seems to handle everything.
"

Dr. Burford has been caring for Royalti and decided it would take someone special to take care of the dog through her recovery. That
'
s why she and her fianc
é
decided to adopt Royalti.
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I told the detective if they needed somebody to take her, that I would, so he called me and I picked her up on Tuesday,
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she said.

It was Detective S. Hammond who arrested Caleb Lanier. According to an arrest warrant said Lanier caused physical harm to Royalti 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.

Royalti is now in good hands and being treated with royalty.
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Yes, she's a sweetheart and we're going to do everything we can for her,
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Dr. Burford said.

Dr. Burford said it could take thousands of dollars to nurture the dog back to good health and the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic has set up a GoFundMe.com account to help defray those costs.

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