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Cordova man suspected of killing dog, setting his house on fire

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He's been charged with arson and his bond is set at $25,000. He's been charged with arson and his bond is set at $25,000.
Deputies say David Galloway, 57, shot and killed one of the dogs before dousing his house with gasoline and setting it ablaze. Deputies say David Galloway, 57, shot and killed one of the dogs before dousing his house with gasoline and setting it ablaze.
Neighbors say they often heard Galloway shouting at his animals. Neighbors say they often heard Galloway shouting at his animals.
CORDOVA, TN -

(WMC) - Shelby County deputies say a Cordova man killed his dog before torching his own home. The suspect posted several ominous tweets that preceded the crime. 

The story was breaking news early Wednesday morning and it was later ruled arson. The suspect was found half naked and armed with a shotgun.

Multiple fire crews responded to a house fire on Wednesday on Show Boat Lane near Shelby Farms. 

"Sadly, upon entry and knocking that fire down we found two dogs up in the home deceased," said Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department. 

Deputies say David Galloway, 57, shot and killed one of the dogs before dousing his house with gasoline and setting it ablaze.

"This is a quiet, calm neighborhood, I didn't expect anybody to do something like that," said neighbor Luis Victorino. 

He and his parents live across the street from Galloway's home where soot in the entryway is the only visible exterior evidence of the fire. 

"He always kept to himself and hardly talked to anybody, yeah, we barely saw him around the neighborhood," said Victorino.

On David Galloway's Twitter account, he posted several messages in the hours leading up to the incident, including about his dog and the medication he was on. Galloway tweeted that his dog "Lady Marmalade," died earlier in the week. 

He also posted that his dog "Boy" would not stop biting him. In one photo, bite marks can clearly be seen on his hand and it had an ominous message that said "this is what my dog just did to me.  And I haven't killed him. Yet."

Neighbors say they often heard Galloway shouting at his animals. 

"He'd like yell at them to tell them to get back into the house," said one neighbor. 

It's too late for his dogs, but neighbors hope Galloway gets whatever help he may need. 

Galloway told deputies he suffers from depression and is on medication. He's been charged with arson and his bond is set at $25,000.

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