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Cute But Deadly: The Top 5 Most Notorious Pet Arsonists
House Logic ^

Posted on 07/09/2011 1:26:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Almost 1,000 cases of pet arson are reported every year, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency). Two years ago, The American Kennel Club decided to take action against these pyromaniac pets by launching National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to warn unsuspecting owners of the potential danger. Here are the top 5 most notorious pet arsonists and the crimes that made them famous.

5. Lucy the dog denied cake; sets blaze Just this February, Lucy nearly burned down her owner’s Jacksonville, Okla., house when she tried to eat a cake sitting on the stove. Lucy’s “big paws” turned on the gas burner, setting the kitchen on fire.

4. Pyro cat waits for owner to fall asleep to burn down house Also in February, a Lake Worth, Fla., family’s pet cat, Stewie, waited until his owners were asleep and then knocked over a candle to start a raging house fire, leaving them homeless. See the YouTube video covering the story.

3. Rat’s flaming leash causes $30,000 in damage In October 2008, a Florida teen tried to make a leash out of twine for their frisky pet rat, Amelia Earhart. Instead of using scissors to cut the twine, he used a lighter to burn it. A freaked out Amelia took off through the garage trailing the flaming “leash” behind her. The resulting inferno caused nearly $30,000 in damage.

2. Gang of squirrels wanted for arson In January 2009, a gang of hungry squirrels chewed through electrical cables in the Kent cottage of a former UK attorney general. The munching rodents set off an inferno that blazed through the property for hours.

1. Fish watch as apartment goes up in flames Last May, comedian Tracy Morgan’s (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) apartment caught fire, reportedly caused by a faulty aquarium light. Although the fish aren’t officially to blame for this one, they still watched it happen with cold, emotionless little fish eyes.

Do you suspect your pet of hidden pyro tendencies? Beat it at its own game. See the image gallery for tips on how to protect your home from pet arsonists.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: arson; doggieping; dogs; pets

1 posted on 07/09/2011 1:26:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


2 posted on 07/09/2011 1:27:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway (All the Squares go home)
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To: nickcarraway

Since there is no Jacksonville, OK - the whole story is suspect...red


3 posted on 07/09/2011 1:32:41 PM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: nickcarraway

We iz watching you, gettng ready to burnz yr hous down.

4 posted on 07/09/2011 1:38:38 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: nickcarraway
4. Pyro cat waits for owner to fall asleep to burn down house....
Cat: "It was the dog"
NO, the Rats...

5 posted on 07/09/2011 1:48:42 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam / BigEars) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: freedumb2003
darn!
caught!
....turn off that camera!, ...you...you dog!

6 posted on 07/09/2011 1:52:00 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam / BigEars) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: rednek

“Since there is no Jacksonville, OK - the whole story is suspect...red”

The stories you are about to read are true, and all the names were changed to protect the innocent.


7 posted on 07/09/2011 1:53:33 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: nickcarraway

“America’s Most Petted?”
I see a new reality show in the making.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 1:54:36 PM PDT by supremedoctrine ("uncurtaining the night,I'd let dark glass/hang all the furniture above the grass." -Nabokov)
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To: Slings and Arrows; nickcarraway

*Pets-behaving-badly-ping*

Ok that line about the emotionless litle fish eyes cracked me right up!


9 posted on 07/09/2011 2:01:57 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne
Ok that line about the emotionless litle fish eyes cracked me right up!

Well, they were Tracy Morgan's fish. Listening to his comedy every day would do that to anyone.

10 posted on 07/09/2011 2:06:18 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

LOL


11 posted on 07/09/2011 2:35:24 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

12 posted on 07/09/2011 3:05:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

What about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow?

Mark


13 posted on 07/09/2011 3:13:20 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Titan Magroyne

Don’t forget the the most evil fish of all: Osama fin Laden.


14 posted on 07/09/2011 3:35:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Osama fin Laden”

LOL. Not only does he sleep with the fishes, he *is* one!


15 posted on 07/09/2011 6:58:12 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

I got a chuckle out of the fish eyes line too.


16 posted on 07/09/2011 7:04:02 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Titan Magroyne
Yep.....


17 posted on 07/10/2011 7:52:20 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: Titan Magroyne
Yep.....


18 posted on 07/10/2011 7:52:36 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Oh dang. You so owe me a keyboard! (Thanks!)


19 posted on 07/10/2011 8:07:42 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: nickcarraway

#3. Definitely human error so don’t blame the rat.

#2. My experience with squirrels: one of the took up residence in my van and caused lots of destruction. i.e. chewed through the air bags and caused the vehicle to fail inspection. The cost to replace the entire air bag system would have been much more than the vehicle was worth (1993 Dodge Caravan, 157K plus miles). Vehicle was sold to salvage yard (:


20 posted on 07/10/2011 10:15:58 AM PDT by tob2
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To: MarkL

Have to give credit to the cow for that one.


21 posted on 07/10/2011 10:18:24 AM PDT by tob2
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