Suspect arrested in Animal Coalition of Tampa arson

TAMPA - UPDATE: Terrod Arrington has been arrested and charged with battery.  Arson charges could follow, according to a jail official.

ACT officials say there has been an outpouring of community support after the fire, but of course, they need more help to repair the $200,000 worth of fire, smoke and water damage.

Grimaldi's Pizza has already planned a Yappy Hour for Tuesday, April 22 to benefit the clinic before the fire, but now, they say they will donate 50% of their profits Tuesday to the clinic from the Westshore Plaza location located at 253 Westshore Plaza B1B, Tampa, FL 33609.

PREVIOUS: Tampa police are looking for a 33-year-old man in connection with Saturday's fire at the Animal Coalition of Tampa.

Terrod Arrington went to the ACT hospital several times last week at 502 North Gilchrist Avenue and caused disturbances in the lobby, according to police. In one instance, he shoved an employee.

On Saturday, officers responded to an intrusion alarm at the facility.

When they arrived, they found a dog in the parking lot and fire in the office. Three cats died in the fire.

It's believed the dog was released from its cage prior to the fire being set.

Damage to the building is estimated at $200,000.

Arrington is wanted for arrest for pushing the employee and he's wanted for questioning in the arson.

Arrington also has a warrant for his arrest in Maryland for aggravated assault.

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. 

Anyone with information can submit tips through or call Tampa Police for the reward.  Or call CrimeStoppers.

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