West Haven Police

Second Suspect Arrested in Connecticut With Death of Dog Set on Fire

West Haven police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the death of a dog that was set on fire.

On Monday, police arrested the owner of the dog, 35-year-old Latrice Moody, and identified 41-year-old Maurice Jackson as a second suspect in the case. On Tuesday, police said Jackson has been taken into custody.

Firefighters and police responded to Beach Street near Second Avenue and Third Avenue around 10 a.m. on Friday, July 5 after a fire was reported in the Sandy Point Beach parking lot and they found a small dog dead at the scene, according to police.

Investigators said it appears the dog was already dead when it was set on fire with an accelerant and abandoned in the parking lot.

Moody is charged with animal cruelty, breach of peace, illegal dumping and open burning. She posted bond on Monday night.

Jackson is charged with breach of peace in the second degree, illegal dumping and open burning. He was in court Wednesday, where bond was set at $10,000. His next court date is Aug. 25.

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