Man pleads guilty to arson, animal cruelty related charges in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A man accused of shooting his dog and burning it alive pled guilty to arson and torture/mutilate animal causing death.

On May 12 around 11 p.m., Virginia Beach fire crews responded to a fire at a home in the 2000 block of Princess Anne Rd.

Authorities said an investigation revealed 28-year-old Luke Hill shot his 7-year-old pitbull then set his detached garage on fire with the dog inside.

Court documents stated that Hill told officers "people were out to get him and wanted to take his dog." Hill also said the FBI and others were trying to kill him. 

The documents said he felt that way ever since his dad died of cancer weeks before the incident. 

A veterinarian determined the dog likely died as a result of the fire, not the gunshot wound.

Hill's sentencing is scheduled for March 6, 2018. The judge granted him a $5,000 bond.

READ MORE: Va. Beach man accused of shooting dog twice, burning it alive

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