Police: House fire caused by arson kills 4 dogs near 38th and Vliet

Police: House fire caused by arson kills 4 dogs near 38th and Vliet

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Four dogs were killed in a house fire suspected to be arson near 38th and Vliet in Milwaukee. 

The fire broke out Tuesday, June 30 around 5:30 a.m. 

Milwaukee police say the home was set on fire and it spread to the second floor. Both were unoccupied but one residence had five dogs inside. Only one survived. 

Neighbors say they aren’t sure who lives in the home, but would see someone stop by at least once a week.

“There are tears in my eyes because I grew up in this house,” says Wanda, who only wished to be identified by her first name.

Wanda says she and her siblings sold their childhood home a few years ago, not keeping in contact with new owners.

“To just be sitting there folding clothes, looking at the news,” explains Wanda. “I’m just here to have a picture of it.”

Milwaukee Police say this home was set on fire and spread to a neighboring house.

“It’s really hard for me to see a puppy go like that and especially because it was on fire,” says Amisadai Carillo, who lives across the street.

Carillo says she saw as the dogs were brought out of the home and temporarily placed on her lawn.

“I can just imagine what they were feeling, trying to get out because everything was closed,” says Carillo.

CBS 58 reached out to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Center, who was called out to the scene, they said at the time they couldn’t comment because they did not have the owner’s information or contact.

“There was a Pitbull mother and at least two or three puppies that we found inside,” says Battalion Chief Michael Cieciwo of the Milwaukee Fire Department. “The mother and one of the puppies, I can confirm, did not make it.”

“My mom passed away in this house,” says Wanda. “Now it’s not going to be a memory if you ever want to come once in a blue moon just to pass by.”

An investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.

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