Auburn police arrested a 23-year-old man Thursday on accusations he started a fire that caused the death of five dogs, reports state.
Hal David Moore, of Auburn, Ala. is charged with five counts of first-degree cruelty to animals and one count each of second-degree arson, third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief, police said.
According to reports, officers responded Thursday to a complaint about a home in the 2700 block of Lee Road 12. When officers arrived, they saw that someone had forced their way inside and that there was severe smoke damage to the home.
Police say they later learned that someone forcibly entered the house, damaged a number of items and started a small fire in the bedroom.
“Furthermore, officers determined there were five small canines in the residence that appeared to have succumbed to smoke inhalation,” reports state.
The investigation led police to peg Moore as a suspect. He was arrested Thursday and is being held on $18,500 in bond, reports state.