Man accused of shooting dog and leaving it to burn in Virginia Beach house fire

Luke Alvarado Hill, 28, is accused of shooting his dog and setting fire to a portion of his family home with the animal inside on May 12, 2017. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A man is facing felony charges after he allegedly shot his dog and left it to die in a fire he set to part of his home on Friday night.

Luke Alvarado Hill, 28, is charged with felony animal cruelty, three counts of arson to personal property valued greater than $200 and two counts of arson to an out building, according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

VBFD investigators believe that Hill shot his 7-year-old brindle pit bull twice before setting fire to a detached garage that was part of his family home. Hill is accused of leaving the dog in the building while it burned. An examination of the dog showed that it was still alive during the fire.

Firefighters found the dog dead in the garage, located in the 2000 block of Princess Anne Road, after 11 p.m.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put the fire out.

Hill was arrested on the scene and taken to the Virginia Beach City Jail.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.