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Man charged with setting fire, poisoning dog and slitting its throat

August 2, 2011 | 10:43 am

A Stanton man will be arraigned Wednesday on charges of trying to burn down his home and killing his dog by poisoning it and slitting its throat.

Jaime Arturo Garcia, 30, is accused of closing all the doors and windows of the home he shared with his sister July 24 and setting several small fires inside by lighting piles of clothing on fire.

The fires caused damage to cabinets in the laundry room but did not spread throughout the house, police said. His sister was not at home at the time.

After the fires burned out, Garcia allegedly poisoned his 7-year-old dog, Dexter, a dachshund mix, by feeding him various pills and then used a large kitchen knife to cut its throat, authorities say.

The bleeding dog ran around the house and into the bedroom, where he died on the defendant's bed. Garcia's sister returned home to find the house filled with smoke and called 911.

Investigators found Dexter in the bedroom and found blood from the defendant and the dog on the floors and walls throughout the home.

Garcia is charged with one felony count of arson to an inhabited property, one felony count of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully causing a fire to property. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years and four months in prison.

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-- Richard Winton

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