STRATFORD - A Bridgeport man was charged Tuesday for allegedly setting his puppy on fire in a Stratford park.

Donovan Brooks, 21, claims the puppy had died before he set it on fire at Clover Field Saturday morning. Tests are now being done on the dog's remains to determine if it was alive or not.

Officials say Brooks was also charged for tying up his three other dogs with heavy chains while burning the puppy. He has signed over the three pit bull mixes to Stratford Animal Control and they are now up for adoption.

Brooks faces animal cruelty and reckless burning charges. However, Stratford police say he will face more serious charges if tests show the dog was alive when set ablaze.