A man who is accused of beating and burning a dog earlier this week in Leavenworth has been charged with felony animal cruelty, according to the county attorney.

Updated: 3:37 p.m. Feb. 21, 2018

A man who is accused of beating and burning a dog earlier this week in Leavenworth has been charged with felony animal cruelty, according to the county attorney.

Lemuel Dean Hunter Jr., 57, Leavenworth, made his first appearance Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Hunter was arrested Monday at an apartment in the 600 block of Shawnee Street.

He allegedly struck a dog, a female beagle and corgi mix, with a board and kicked and choked the animal. He also allegedly burned the dog with a propane torch, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Nicodemus said hair around the dog's snout as well as its whiskers were singed.

The deputy chief does not consider the animal's injuries to be serious.

“Relatively speaking, the dog is OK,” Nicodemus said.

The dog currently is in the care of Leavenworth Animal Control.

The initial bond for Hunter was set at $10,000, but Thompson said this amount could change after a judge has reviewed a bond screen for the defendant.