The owners of the abused Shih Tzu in a Viera, Florida boarding facility, seen on a surveillance video being brutally abused by an employee, thanked the public for their support as the news of the investigation and arrest of the alleged culprit circulated through social media. On Friday, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a statement on Facebook:
“Lillie’s family would like the public to know that Lillie is recovering from surgery after the incident. The family appreciates the outpouring of concern and prayers for her during this difficult time. The family would particularly like to thank Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Deputy Scragg and his team at Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for the work they have done for our family.”
Joseph Pendergrass, 19, an employee of the Barkingham Palace, located in Rockledge, was seen on video abusing the small Shih Tzu earlier this week.The owners of the facility had no idea Pendergrass had been abusing the dog until they found the dog crying and in pain. When brought to the veterinarian’s office for treatment on Monday, staff discovered the dog’s leg was broken. It wasn’t until they checked their surveillance videos that the boarding facility owners witnessed the egregious abuse on Sunday. Staff at the facility immediately notified the Sheriff’s Office.
The disturbing footage began with Pendergrass walking into the video view with the dog’s leash trailing behind him. He is then seen swinging the dog by its leash into the air with his left arm before slamming it onto the concrete floor. Then he is seen violently dragging Lillie and lifting her into the air by her leash a second time. Pendergrass then kicked the dog before moving it through a door to a different part of the facility.
On Thursday, Pendergrass was arrested in Orlando after he returned from Georgia and faces animal cruelty charges. Sheriff Ivey also thanked the community and the quick action of the Barkingham Palace:
“As Sheriff, I would like to also thank our community for their support for our team, for Lillie’s owners, and the owners of the facility where the incident occurred. As I always say, “it takes a community to protect a community” and this case is a perfect example of doing just that!!”
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(Photo of Shih Tzu slammed to the floor courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)
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