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He said his puppy fell in the shower. The injuries told a different story, cops say.

Dexter, a 12-week-old pit bull, was taken to LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Cooper City with multiple injuries to its face. Police say the veterinarians concluded the injuries were deliberately caused. Dexter’s owner, Daniel Smith, 21, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Dexter, a 12-week-old pit bull, was taken to LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Cooper City with multiple injuries to its face. Police say the veterinarians concluded the injuries were deliberately caused. Dexter’s owner, Daniel Smith, 21, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Pembroke Pines police

He told the vet his pit bull puppy named Dexter fell in the shower.

The vet, however, told Pembroke Pines police the dog’s injuries tell a different story.

On Wednesday, Daniel Smith, 21, was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Dexter, police said in a news release, “suffered intentional acts of cruelty and torture which resulted in unjustifiable pain and critical injury.”

According to an arrest warrant, police were called to LeadER Animal Emergency Hospital in Cooper City July 19 after an 18-pound puppy showed up with severe facial injuries.

Hospital staff told police that the puppy had fractures to both eye sockets, bruising under his jaw and a laceration to the back of his head among other injuries.

“Dr. [Marcos] Unis advised that the information provided by the defendant was not consistent with the injuries on Dexter, but they resulted from intentional and repeated blunt trauma, causing Dexter pain and suffering,” the officer wrote in the warrant.

The officer also checked with VCA Silver Lakes Animal Hospital, which referred Smith to LeadER Animal Emergency Hospital in Cooper City because it could “provide him with the around the clock care he needed because he was in critical condition,” according to the warrant.

Staff at both hospitals told police that Dexter’s injuries were received 12 to 24 hours before the dog showed up to be treated.

Dexter remained in stable, but critical condition Wednesday, police said, adding that the puppy is expected to make a full recovery.

Smith was being held in Broward’s main jail Wednesday night with no bond.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the puppy’s medical expenses is asked to text message 954-348-7849.

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