Luling man will serve 3 years after setting trailer fire

Puppy was found injured after flames were extinguished

A Luling man was sentenced to three years in prison as result of a case stemming from an incident earlier this year in which he allegedly set fire to an abandoned Luling trailer and injured a puppy that was inside.

Ernest Thompson, 25, of 609 Paul Fredrick St. in Luling, pleaded guilty to a charge of simple arson as part of a plea bargain. He is currently serving his sentence, which was not suspended, and receives credit for time served.

Ernest Thompson

Thompson was arrested Feb. 18. 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.

A witness reported the fire after seeing smoke coming from the abandoned trailer.

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

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

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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