CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A Charlotte firefighter has been arrested is in Gaston County and charged with assault and animal cruelty.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bryan Carlton Barfield was arrested early Saturday in Gastonia and charged with assault by strangulation and cruelty to animals. Barfield also faces three misdemeanor counts including communicating threats and two counts of assault inflicting serious injury.
Details were not immediately available.
Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley says the department is aware of the charges and that Barfield is not currently scheduled to work.  
It was not clear if Barfield has a lawyer.