Mar 1, 2010 2:17 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
A 10-month-old puppy named Charlie Brown is recovering from injuries suffered when someone threw a homemade bomb into his backyard in Englewood, Florida.
Daniel Thomas says until the attackers are caught, he is too scared to let his puppy go back outside.
Charlie was severely injured Wednesday night when a group of neighborhood teens allegedly threw a homemade bomb at him while in his own back yard.
"This loud explosion, the bomb went off, he yelled and screamed and I ran over," said Thomas. "He was wet with some liquid. I grabbed him up and jumped in the pool with him and rinsed him off."
"It's cold blooded, kids. It's cold blooded to injure an animal," Thomas added.
Officials with the Englewood Fire Department say that bomb contained muriatic acid.
"Obviously if they've got to attack a dog - an animal in an empty unoccupied back yard - they're obviously just cowards," said Thomas.
Not only did Charlie loose some hair but the bomb also injured his front leg.
Thomas says he is furious that his little puppy can't even play in his own backyard because of the very real fear that the teens could strike again.
"This was his sanctuary, this is where he came to get away from that stuff," he said.
Thomas says this isn't Charlie's first run in with the suspected teen bombers.
He says Charlie tried to play with the same group of teens the night before as they cut through his lawn.
"He went running out to greet them and they kicked the hell out of him. I chased them up the street with a stick and the next day the bomb went off," Thomas said.
Officials with the Sarasota Sheriff's Office declined to comment and said the case is still an open investigation.