Florida Keys

Cops catch Keys man accused of brutalizing small dog

Sean Booth Chidester
Sean Booth Chidester

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested a Marathon man accused of slamming a small dog to the ground, breaking the animal’s pelvis.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert to the public Tuesday afternoon to be on the lookout for Sean Booth Chidester, 35, who was described as possibly “armed and dangerous” and possibly carrying an illegal firearm.

The trooper pulled over Chidester’s vehicle around 7 p.m. on U.S. 1 near 126th Street in Marathon, said Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“Chidester was transferred to MCSO without incident,” Linhardt said.

Chidester is accused of beating the dog following a confrontation Monday night with the owner, whom Linhardt did not name.

A veterinarian called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning around 9:15 a.m. after observing the miniature pinscher’s condition when the owner took her in to be treated for her injuries, Linhardt said.

The dog, named “Penny,” was unable to stand on her hind legs and was shaking.

Chidester was arrested in July 2016 on felony aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, but the State Attorney’s Office dropped the case after the victim, who originally wanted to press charges, decided not to proceed, according to court documents.