Steve Huffman, Public Information Officer with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, told FOX10News, a 63 year-old man was under arrest on several charges, including animal cruelty and second-degree arson.
Huffman said Clarence Smith allegedly got into an argument with his wife at a home on Northview Drive in Mobile around 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Fire investigators said Smith set a wicker chair on fire causing damage to the chair and to the outside of the house. Damage was estimated at $500 according to fire officials.
Huffman said, however, the suspect then attacked a mother dog and her puppies.
Fire investigators said he was “beating and elbowing the dog and her puppies and throwing the animals around the property.”
Smith was charged with Dog/Cat Cruelty in the 1st degree according to the Mobile Metro Jail logs.
Smith also faces Arson 2nd and Domestic Violence 3rd(Harassment) charges in the case.