K9 Officer Smith and Partner Ghost Track Man Who Set House On Fire With a Dog Inside

K9 Officer Smith and his partner Ghost
K9 Officer Smith and his partner Ghost

On December 7, 2021, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Sebastian Police Department’s K9 Unit in apprehending a suspect who lit a residence on fire with the family’s pet inside.

When K9 Officer Smith and his partner Ghost arrived on the scene, the IRCSO had a good perimeter established, and the deputies directed Officer Smith to where the suspect was last seen. 

K9 Ghost located the suspect after a short track, and he was taken into custody. The dog inside the home was rescued!

Travis Tanner Pippin, 36, was charged with arson of a structure, cruelty to animals, resisting arrest without violence, and trespassing on property after witnesses identified him as the person who burnt down a house on Caribbean Circle in Vero Beach.

The Vero Beach man is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. 

Great job Officer Smith, Ghost, and the IRCSO.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Tina Hodges is a Sebastian native. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied Business Management & Marketing at Indian River State College. Tina worked for Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became our VP of Sales & Marketing & Journalist. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.