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21-year-old arrested in North Branch animal hospital arson

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    Six pets were rescued after someone set fire to the North Branch Veterinary Hospital early Sunday morning. Police say five dogs and a cat were saved by firefighters, with no injuries reported.
    Six pets were rescued after someone set fire to the North Branch Veterinary Hospital early Sunday morning. Police say five dogs and a cat were saved by firefighters, with no injuries reported.
NORTH BRANCH, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police say tips from community members helped them arrest a 21-year-old arson suspect in the Nov. 4 fire at North Branch Veterinary Hospital.

Ryan Ortlepp, 21, was arrested and booked into the Chisago County Jail. He is expected to be charged with second-degree arson, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine, on Tuesday.

Officials say the fire was started inside the hospital's recycling Dumpsters and quickly spread to a few rooms in the hospital building.

Five dogs and a cat were saved from the fire, with no injuries reported. The hospital itself, however, was left in pretty bad shape.

The owner told FOX 9 News he plans to rebuild, but he and his staff are already back to work inside a temporary location they'll call home for the next three months -- and it's a good thing too because the North Branch Veterinary Hospital is the only animal hospital in the area.

Police have not yet said whether the $2,500 reward offered in the case has been awarded yet.

Ortlepp's father spoke with FOX 9 News off-camera and said he was shocked to hear about the case against his son, but said he believes there are a lot of holes in the case.

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