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Suspect charged in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa

TAMPA — A man questioned earlier this week about a fire that killed three cats and heavily damaged a spay-neuter clinic now faces charges connected to the blaze after tests matched his DNA with samples taken from the scene, police said.

Terrod Arrington, 33, now faces charges of animal cruelty, burglary and arson in connection to the Saturday fire at the Animal Coalition of Tampa. He was initially taken into custody Monday after police issued a warrant for his arrest on a battery charge.

He had visited the clinic several times in the days before the fire seeking treatment for a dog, became angry and pushed one of the ACT workers, police said.

Officers responded to an intrusion alarm early Saturday at the clinic at 502 N Gilchrist Ave. They found a fire in the office and a dog in the parking lot, apparently let out by the suspect. Tampa Fire Rescue responded and put out the blaze. The three cats, which roamed the clinic, died from smoke inhalation.

Arrington also has a warrant in Maryland on a charge of aggravated assault, police said.

Suspect charged in fire at Animal Coalition of Tampa 04/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:32pm]
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