Two examples of animal cruelty in Florida


Two sad stories of animal cruelty this afternoon..

A Pensacola, Florida man has been sentenced in an animal cruelty case that involved a pit bull that was dragged down the street and killed.

Thomas Ward, 71, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and must also serve two years of probation.

Last year, Ward pleaded no contest to a count of aggravated animal cruelty. A witness said Ward tied his dog to the hitch of his vehicle and pulled it down the street, killing it.

In addition to jail time and probation, Ward was ordered to not have any animals.

Meanwhile, a Pasco County, Florida man is facing charges after deputies say he shot a dog for pooping in the house.

The sheriff’s office was called to a home on Kossik Road in Zephyrhills just before 7 p.m. Sunday for an animal complaint. 

Responding deputies say 80-year-old David Zayas shot a 13-year-old chocolate lab mix that was standing in front of him. Deputies say Zayas told them he did it because it had pooped on the floor inside the house.

An arrest report states witnesses saw Zayas pull the trigger of a handgun. The dog then yelped and fell to the ground after it was hit in the leg, deputies say.

According to the arrest report, the dog belongs to Zayas’ daughter. She told deputies Zayas had expressed how much he “hates her dog.”

When deputies told Zayas it was wrong to shoot the dog, they say he spontaneously told them, “not where I’m from. It’s totally legal in Connecticut.”

The arrest report says a deputy later found Zayas’ gun in his plant bed behind his house.

Zayas was arrested for cruelty to animals and taken to the Land O Lakes Jail.

The dog survived and was taken to an emergency veterinarian by his owner.

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