A 36-year-old Sarasota man was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend called the cops on him when she saw him kicking his roommate’s puppy.
According to the Sarasota Police Department, Toddrick Leverett came home after a night of drinking to his home in the 1100 block of 32nd Street around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. That was when he claimed he kicked his roommate’s dog in defense after she started attacking him.
But the 6-month-old black and white female pitbull was chained to a tree, and witnesses say that the dog never attacked Leverett and even tried to get away from him.
Leverett’s girlfriend called police, saying that Leverett kicked the dog, grabbed it by the neck and dragged it through the dirt, according to the affidavit. The dog’s owner heard his dog making distress noises and walked outside to find her on the ground unable to move.
According to the affidavit, Leverett showed officers that his fingers and elbow were bleeding but according to the probable cause affidavit, the abrasions weren’t consistent with dog bites and had concrete dust around them. Officers noted that Leverett’s breath smelled like alcohol and his speech was slurred.
The dog had a broken leg and yelped when officers touched it. Animal Services took custody of the dog.
Leverett is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on a $1,500 bond.