BALLSTON SPA - A 20-year-old man will spent a year and a half in jail for lighting a pit bull puppy on fire earlier this year.
Scott Cusson Jr., the Halfmoon man who pleaded guilty in August to aggravated cruelty to animals was sentenced Friday to 18 months in state prison by Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy III.
The sentencing took place at the Saratoga County Municipal Plaza in Ballston Spa.
Cusson was arrested in February and later indicted for intentionally lighting a nine-month-old pit bull named Roxy on fire. In his August 21 guilty plea, Cusson admitted he intentionally caused serious injury to Roxy with no justifiable purpose. He acknowledged in open court that on Feb. 9 he sprayed isopropyl alcohol on the dog and lit the alcohol, causing injuries to the dog’s face and ear.