LOCKPORT, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana man was arrested Wednesday night and faces animal cruelty and arson charges after he was accused of stabbing a dog in the eye with a kitchen knife and setting a house on fire.
Just before 8 p.m., officers with the Lockport Police Department were called to a house fire in the 300 block of Justin Street in Lockport. Lockport is near Houma, southwest of New Orleans.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the home was considered a total loss.
During the investigation, police learned 24-year-old Duane Ryan had been living at the residence for the past few months with his girlfriend. Officers learned Ryan had become irate following an argument with his friends. He is accused of grabbing two knives from the kitchen and walked outside to confront his friends. His friends immediately left.
Police say at some point, Ryan allegedly stabbed the pet dog near the eye with one of the knives, and he allegedly poured gasoline inside the interior of the house. Ryan's girlfriend took the dog and left the house.
The investigation revealed Ryan called his girlfriend and threatened to set the home on fire if she did not return. A short time later, she learned there was smoke coming from inside her home. When officers arrived at the house, they took Ryan into custody.
Ryan was charged with simple arson and aggravated cruelty to animals. He was taken to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. His bond has not been set.
Police say Ryan had just been released from a three-year prison term in February for charges of burglary and auto theft. He was on parole.
Ryan's criminal history dates back to 2008 when he was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile in the same month he turned 17 years old. He has been arrested 10 other times, all in Lafourche Parish, for charges such as burglary, attempted robbery, theft, assault and battery.