Man accused of shooting dog, setting home on fire, appears in court

Luke Alvarado Hill

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.  – A man accused of shooting his dog and setting a building on fire in Virginia Beach has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Luke Hill was arrested in May after firefighters were called to a fire on Princess Anne Road for a residential fire. When they arrived on scene, they found a dead dog in the burned building.

Investigators say the dog, a 7-year-old pit bull,  was shot twice before the fire was set. They also claim the dog was alive when the fire was set.

Hill, who owned the dog, was arrested and charged.

During court on Thursday, Hill waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Some of the charges he was originally faced with were dropped, he now faces arson and animal cruelty causing death. His next court date is scheduled for December 13th.

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