Dogfighting investigation leads to Merritt Island homicide arrest, Brevard sheriff says
The recent arrest of a 23-year-old man for a deadly shooting during a home invasion is also connected to the investigation of a dogfighting and drug trafficking ring, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
‘Miracle’ dog thrown from Volusia balcony becoming service animal for veteran
When deputies went to speak to Murphy, she rushed out and threw the dog over the railing, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office records. Rescuers nicknamed the 1-year-old dog “Miracle.”The Miracle pup has been with a foster family since being dropped from the hotel balcony and is a trained service dog. Volusia County Animal Services have identified a new home for Miracle with a military veteran in need of a service dog. “Just like her name that day was truly a miracle that she did not sustain any further injuries,” said Adam Leath, Director of Volusia County Animal Services. It took three months of recovery and training but on Thursday, Miracle went home with Ted and Bridget with a big role as a service dog and companion for Ted.
Dogs ate chips of wood, feces, plastic as owner starved them to death, sheriff says
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Brevard County sheriff walked a man into jail Wednesday morning after an animal cruelty investigation showed the owner starved his dogs to death. “He literally starved them to death over a period of several weeks,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said during a Facebook live stream. The sheriff said a necropsy revealed the dogs had chips of wood from furniture, plastic bottles, band aids and even a plastic bag in their stomachs. The dogs also suffered severe malnutrition and a gross loss of muscle, resulting in a cruel death, investigation records show. AdAs the sheriff walked Fritsch into the jail, Fritsch is overheard saying, “You don’t know the whole story.”The sheriff dismissed Fritsch claims saying that innocent animals suffered under his care.
TikTok video shows Lake County men performing C-section on pregnant dog, deputies say
Larry Colon (left) and Frankie Huertas Rivera (right) were both booked into jail last week on animal cruelty charges. LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Two men are facing animal cruelty charges after Lake County deputies say they performed an illegal caesarean section surgery on a pregnant dog in the middle of a living room, then posted a video of it on social media, according to deputies. Animal cruelty investigators were tipped off on Feb. 10 after seeing a video on the popular social media video platform TikTok, according to an arrest affidavit. The video then later shows Huertas Rivera remove puppies from Lyla’s body. AdColon and Huertas Rivera were both booked into jail last week on animal cruelty charges.
Woman throws dog off 2nd floor Daytona Beach motel balcony, deputies say
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A woman is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after deputies say she threw a German shepherd off a motel balcony in Daytona Beach. Volusia County deputies say Allison Murphy threatened to jump off the second floor of the Motel 6 on West International Speedway Boulevard Monday afternoon. Deputies proceeded to arrest Murphy in her motel room as Volusia County Animal Services took the German shepherd into custody. Animal services said if the court grants the agency custody, the foster family is willing to adopt. VCAS and the sheriff’s office ask anyone who witnesses animal cruelty or abuse is encouraged to contact animal services at 386-248-1790 or the sheriff’s office at 386-248-1777.