Key West man arrested for allowing tick-infected dog to die

 

A Key West bartender was jailed over the weekend on a felony animal-cruelty charge in connection with the death of his dog Snarf, a Pomeranian.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said that Daniel Doane, 26, "repeatedly neglected and failed to care for the dog over a 10-month period," said Deputy Becky Herrin.

The dog died June 5 after being found at the White Street Pier infested with ticks and barely able to walk. Doane was arrested on Friday.

Snarf had already been turned in to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals twice— once in September and again in April — after he was found wandering unattended. Both times, Snarf was severely infested with fleas and ticks, was filthy and suffered from rotten teeth.

On the second occasion, Doane was issued a notice to appear in court and was scheduled for court on June 12. On both occasions, the SPCA offered to take Snarf, but Doane refused to give him up, Herrin said.

On June 5, Snarf was found near the pier. He was picked up by SPCA, but died shortly after being picked up. Herrin said "examinations of the dog's body revealed tick infestation caused his death." The dog had "severe infestation of fully engorged ticks too numerous to count" and experienced "excessive pain and suffering."

Chavka found that Doane had left his apartment on June 1, putting the dog in the bathroom and closing the door, leaving him alone for four days. Herrin said Doane told the detective he knew the dog and home were infested with ticks but did nothing about it.

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