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Deputies: Felon admits to smoking meth after setting house on fire with his dog inside

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man is charged with animal torture after authorities said he intentionally set his home on fire with his dog still inside.

On Thursday, firefighters, EMS and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a house fire on Warner Road. Centerville Fire Chief Greg Dunn said the fire appeared to have started in the bedroom.

Deputies later signed warrants for a resident of the home, 54-year-old James Keith Shaw.

According to an incident report, deputies said Shaw was behaving erratically at the scene and running around the front yard with a hose. Deputies said he admitted to smoking meth just prior to when they found a pipe in the seat of his moped.

The report states that a search of his person revealed a bottle with methamphetamine. Deputies said Shaw was also previously convicted for voluntary manslaughter and found to be in possession of a revolver.

He was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, possession of less than one gram of meth and an animal torture charge.

According to the arrest warrant, he intentionally set fire to his home with a Boston terrier inside that was in his care. Investigators said the dog had respiratory distress and broken blood vessels in its eyes.

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