Man charged in connection to house fire that killed dog in McDowell Co.

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Christopher Conley (McDowell County Sheriff’s Office)

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A man has been charged in connection to a house fire that killed a dog in McDowell County.

On May 12, a fire destroyed a home on Veterans Drive and killed a dog inside the house, deputies said.

50-year-old Christopher Jerome Conley, of Marion, has been charged with second-degree arson and cruelty to animals, according to McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation led to Conley, who is acquainted with the occupant of the home, according to deputies.

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