Published: Jan 30, 2014 4:50 PM EST
Updated: Jan 30, 2014 5:01 PM EST

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Fire investigators say someone intentionally started an early morning fire in Punta Gorda.

A neighbor heard their dogs barking, went outside to check on them, and saw the blaze at a house off Oil Well Road.  Investigators say no one was inside at the time.

The State Fire Marshal's office tells WINK News they are investigating this as arson and for a burglary. 

This is the same house deputies and animal control officers were called to last April.  That's when they arrested Pablo Cauz for animal abuse and drug charges.