Owner tortured 12-week-old puppy: Claimed pet ‘fell in shower’

In Pembroke Pines, a 12-week-old puppy was brutally beaten and his 21-year-old owner told authorities the pup “fell in the shower.” Daniel Smith was charged on Wednesday with aggravated animal cruelty and is currently being held at the Broward County jail in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the Miami Herald, Smith brought the three-month-old puppy, named Dexter, to LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital and told the staff his pup “fell in the shower.” After examining the puppy, veterinarian Marcos Unis contacted authorities and stated the dog’s injuries had been consistent with blunt force trauma. Dexter presented with multiple skull fractures and abrasions on the back of his head.

Dexter’s condition has been stabilized. The hospital issued the following statement on Thursday.

“The Pembroke Pines Police DepartmentAnimal Medical Center at Cooper City and our group have all been receiving quite a few adoption inquiries on Dexter. He is currently still being treated and as such, he is not available for adoption at this time.

If you are however interested, you can fill out an application on our website here: http://www.poochesinpines.com/application. Needless to say, we will be thoroughly screening applicants for Dexter when he is ready. We will post FB updates as it will be impossible to contact everyone individually who’s (sic) shown interest. Thank you for all of your support and patience.”

 

Smith voluntarily surrendered ownership of the puppy. Donations towards the pup’s medical expenses can be directed here.

(Photos via Pembroke Police)

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14 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    Many blessings and prayers, sweet Dexter! Your owner needs a different kind of hospital, but first a good head beating!

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  2. Susan Flores says:

    This guy is wicked. There we no reason for this and there is also no reason why he wouldn’t do it to another and another dog or child. I suggest a change in our laws to hereby take abusers life away from them if they cannot respect the life of another human or animal, they forfeit theirs. They will not be mourned nor missed. They are bad seeds.

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  3. Adrienne says:

    Glad Dexter is being taken care of and this so called owner needs to pay for every penny of her care and treatments. He is a criminal and could do this to a human. He needs to be in jail and let the inmates take care of him.

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  4. Red says:

    Prayers this sweet pup recovers and finds a LOVING HOME and family. LOCK THE POS sorry excuse for a human up and never let him out…..he is a serial killer in training!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    This hunk of pond scum named Daniel Smith needs a massive beat down – Oops! He fell in the shower – his bullshit excuse was seen through by a veterinarian who called authorities and I applaud him for caring about this little puppy. Dexter just needs a safe loving home and Daniel Smith needs the living shit beat out of him – he deserves no less.

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  6. Pamela D says:

    HAVE SOMEBODY BEAT THIS BASTARD TO DEATH. I DON’T HAVE TOO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT ANIMAL ABUSERS ALL I CAN SAY IS ROT IN PAIN AND DIE SHITHEADS.

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