On the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook for October 13, the headline from Sheriff Wayne Ivey reflected the cruelty of a small puppy’s abuse:
“There are some things that are so heartless that even as sheriff I still can’t believe.”
On Friday, investigators arrested Jerry Volcimus, the owner of a four-month-old puppy named ‘Wolfie’ who had been locked inside of a crate and kept in an overheated garage. To add to the puppy’s suffering and abuse, he was emaciated and suffered from a severe case of mange.
And so began the tragic story of a dog named ‘Wolfie’ found bloodied and near death in July. Animal Enforcement Officers immediately removed him from the home and transported him to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Boyd for medical treatment. Dr. Boyd examined Wolfie and concluded that he was in severe pain and listed him in critical condition.
Although Volcimus claimed he had sought veterinarian attention for his puppy’s skin condition, he was never able to produce any proof. An arrest warrant was issued for felony animal cruelty causing pain and suffering. Volcimus is currently in the Brevard County Jail.
“I want to truly commend the citizen who followed our community’s mantra of ‘see something/say something’ and in doing so saved this dog’s life while helping to get a heartless criminal off our street,” stated Sheriff Ivey.
And the good news is that Wolfie has since recovered and been adopted into a loving home.
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