Luling man accused of starting fire that injured puppy

A man is in prison after allegedly setting fire to an abandoned Luling trailer and injuring a puppy that was inside during the incident.

Ernest Thompson, 25, of 609 Paul Fredrick St. in Luling, was arrested Feb. 18 and charged with simple arson, simple burglary and simple cruelty to animals.

According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Thompson entered the trailer and set fire to it before he was witnessed leaving and being driven away by another person. St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said the trailer was abandoned and that no one resided there.

While firefighters called to the scene extinguished the flames, a white pit bull puppy was found inside with soot marks on it, as well as an injured leg.

Police found Thompson in the area later that day and detained him before subsequently arresting him.

Grimaldi said there is no information as of yet of the man’s motivation to allegedly start the fire.

Thompson is being held at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on a bond of $60,000.

According to a post to the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter’s Facebook page on Feb. 22, the rescued pit bull suffered a tibial tubercle avulsion fracture, or a bone pulled away on the knee, that will require pins and tension wire and is causing a severe limp.


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