A former animal control officer for Manatee Animal Services has pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge stemming from the heat stroke death of a dog who was accidentally left inside of a van. According to the Bradenton Herald, 36-year-old Fredrick Browning has admitted that he forgot the dog in the van and has stated that he was “not in his right mind” because of an upcoming vacation.
The tragic situation
In May 2017, Browning returned to the Manatee County Animal Services shelter with three dogs; two were deceased. Browning forgot the female, brindle colored dog inside of a cage in the animal services van after he unloaded the two dead dogs.
A career change
Browning was sentenced to 12 months probation and 25 hours of community service – he no longer works as an animal services officer, or with animals at all. His attorney, Brett McIntosh, stated:
He spent the last 15 years protecting animals … doing the job most people wouldn’t want to do and seeing animals in the worst conditions. Forgetting is not a felony. Forgetting can be the basis of the misdemeanor charge which is why we accepted that.”
(Screenshot via Bradenton Herald)
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