Man Charged With Setting Fire to Pet Ferrets

Police say an eastern Pennsylvania man doused three pet ferrets in gasoline and set them on fire.

Palmer Township police arrested 63-year-old William Dickerson and charged him Friday with cruelty to animals, arson and other offenses.

Police say Dickerson's wife called 911 on Aug. 5 and reported that Dickerson had poured gas on the animals in their wire cage and set them ablaze. Court documents say she reported her husband was drunk at the time.

Court documents do not list a possible motive.

The ferrets received severe burns but are expected to survive.

Dickerson is free after posting $10,000 bail. Cynthia Dickerson, his wife of nearly 30 years, says she doesn't understand why he did it and that it was completely out of character for him.

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