Tampa Police want to question person in pet clinic arson that killed 3 cats

04/21/14 Seán Kinane and Samuel Johnson
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Tags: animals, pets, animal shelters, Tampa Police, fire, arson


Police want to question Terrod Arrington regarding the arson.

photo by Tampa Police

Tampa Police released the name and photographs of a man wanted for questioning about a fire this weekend at a low-cost animal clinic.

Tampa Police say Terrod Arrington is wanted for battery and is wanted for questioning about the arson of the animal clinic. They say he caused disturbances in the lobby several times last week, including pushing an ACT employee.

In addition to building damage, three cats died in the fire.

WMNF’s Samuel Johnson interviewed Frank Hamilton, the president of the Animal Coalition of Tampa, on Saturday, the day of the arson.

"The tears that you see, besides the building, is the fact that we lost those three cats. Jazz, Boy, and the latest addition was Momma Kitty. Jazz came to us from a feral colony in Apolo Beach probably a month after we opened in March 2006. Boy came in, somebody cared for him a little bit because they ordered everything and then they just never came back to pick him up. Boy and Jazz are immortalized in the concrete there. Momma Kitty came in as a save and she was super pregnant and we couldn't operate on her because she was so pregnant, hence the name. She had the kittens here and we work closely with a rescue group so the kittens were taken care of and moved out but we couldn't find anybody who wanted Momma Kitty so she just stayed here. She was a pretty tough little cat. She was the feistiest of the three."

The Animal Coalition of Tampa provides low-cost veterinary services.

Below is information provided by Tampa Police

Detectives Searching for Battery/Arson Suspect

SUSPECT: Terrod Arrington, 12/17/1980, B/M, at large address

CHARGES: Battery, Suspect in Arson

WHERE: Animal Coalition of Tampa, 502 North Gilchrist Avenue, Tampa

DETAILS: The suspect went to the Animal Coalition of Tampa several times last week and caused disturbances in the lobby. During one of the encounters, he pushed an ACT employee. On Saturday 4/19, officers responded to an intrusion alarm at the hospital. When they arrived, they discovered a patient (dog) in the parking lot and a fire in the office. It appears the arson suspect released the dog before setting the fire. Tampa Fire Rescue responded and extinguished the blaze. Three cats died in the fire. Detectives have a warrant for the suspect's arrest for pushing the employee. He's wanted for questioning in the arson. ACT and Silverback Peace Group have offered a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set the fire. Arrington also has a warrant for his arrest in Maryland for Aggravated Assault.

Submit tips through tampagov.net/arsontips or call Tampa Police for the $6,000 reward. Or call CrimeStoppers.

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