A man in Sarasota, Florida, is facing charges for allegedly lopping of his dog’s tail with branch clippers. According to the New York Post, 77-year-old Pablo Vega-Padron is facing felony aggravated animal cruelty charges for chopping off his Chihuahua mix’s “rotting” tail with the yard tool.
The accusation of cruelty
According to a release from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor alerted animal services to a potential problem with Vega-Padron’s one-year-old dog, Randy. Officers visited the man’s home on August 17 and found Randy wearing bandages on his tail and front legs – the dog’s owner was advised to seek emergency veterinary help for the dog, who was suffering from an infection.
A short time later, deputies were notified by the Parkway Animal Hospital that after the bandages were removed, they discovered that a portion of Randy’s tail was missing. Vega-Padron later admitted that his dog’s tail appeared to be rotting, so he had used the branch cutters to amputate it.
Deputies later discovered the dog’s amputated tail, and the branch cutters, at the accused man’s home.
Vega-Padron was released Tuesday on $1,500 bond. Randy has since been adopted and is expected to make a full recovery.
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