Man arrested for animal cruelty, 2nd degree arson

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.

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