Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Bond has been set at $10,000 for the man accused of killing a puppy by setting her on fire.
Hykeem Golson, 21, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of ill treatment of animals/felony. Prosecutors had asked for a high bond.
Officers say around 7 p.m. Saturday, Golson set fire to an 8-10 week old female pit bull in the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church on Harbison Boulevard. The puppy was taken to an animal hospital where she later died.
During the hearing, prosecutors said publicly for the first time that they believe Golson killed the animal to spite his girlfriend, who owned the dog. As a condition of his bond, he's not allowed to have contact with his girlfriend. If he wants to get his belongings from her apartment, a deputy must accompany him.
Investigators say the man used an accelerant and other materials to set the animal on fire.
The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.