A Florida Keys man has been accused of slamming a small dog down a flight of stairs and possibly causing “long term nerve damage” stated Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
According to the Facebook page for the MCOS, Sean Booth Chidester, 35, of Marathon was arrested on Tuesday evening by an officer from the Florida Highway Patrol just hours after the sheriff’s office issued an alert that Chidester was being sought in an animal abuse and cruelty case.
On Monday evening, Chidester was alleged to have had an argument with a woman, when the suspect “picked up Penny above his head with his arms fully extended and slammed the dog to the ground from the top of a set of stairs.” Penny, a miniature pinscher, was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where she continues to suffer from serious injuries.
“The woman estimated the dog fell about 10 feet in total.
X-rays of the dog were taken. The veterinarian stated there were multiple fractures of the dog’s pelvis. The vet added the dog may have suffered long-term nerve damage. The vet added the dog may be unable to urinate on its own and may require a catheter.”
Chidester remains in the Monroe County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. His arrest record dates back 15 years in three different states. His most recent arrest in Monroe County came in 2016 when he was charged with aggravated battery in which he knew or should have known the victim was pregnant.
(Photo of Florida Keys man accused of animal cruelty from Facebook page of Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)
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