NEW YORK -- Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly trying to light two dogs on fire.
Chatwal, 44, turned himself in to the police early on Monday morning. He has been charged with criminal mischief, torturing and injuring an animal, reckless endangerment and arson, a New York Police Department official told PTI.
The dogs suffered minor burns in the incident.
According to a report in local news website Patch.com, the charges stem from an incident on 7 October in which Chatwal allegedly got into an argument with a woman walking the dogs outside Chatwal's home. Chatwal allegedly pulled out a lighter and aerosol can and used them to burn the two dogs, the report said. The dogs suffered minor burns in the incident.
Chatwal appeared in the Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday and posted a $50,000 bail for his release.
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