Melbourne man arrested after emaciated dog found in backyard
Canine was covered in mange
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Investigators discovered a severely emaciated dog that was "totally infested in mange" with blood dripping from its stomach area in a Melbourne backyard, an arrest affidavit shows.
News 6 partner Florida Today reports that Amyr Caldwell, 22, of Melbourne was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony animal cruelty after the dog was found on Carver Street, a few doors north of University Boulevard.
Caldwell was released from the Brevard County Jail Complex on $2,000 bond, and his next court date has not been scheduled.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services and Melbourne police responded to the alleged animal cruelty case involving Ghost, a white mixed-breed dog. His ribs, vertebrae and pelvic bones were easily visible, and he had bleeding open sores and a possible eye infection, the affidavit states.
Ghost lacked water, food and shelter, according to the affidavit. Animal services officers took the canine into custody.
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