Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Chief Jeff Pearson of the Satellite Beach Police Department, arrested a dog groomer on Monday afternoon for allegedly abusing a service dog on February 6. James Cordell Doughty Suthann was transported to the Brevard County Jail and charged with felony animal cruelty.
According to a press release posted on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the charges stem from an incident at a local pet grooming shop where Suthann worked. While grooming an eight-year-old German shepherd, Suthann became angry when the dog named “TT” would not stand still during grooming.
An in store video tells the disturbing story of Suthann abusing TT. At one point, Suthann cinches the dog’s head down so tight the dog could not move and appeared to be in pain. The groomer then grabbed the dog by the tail, lifted him off the ground and twisted TT’s tail 360 degrees – breaking her tail. The abuse continued when Suthann struck the dog in the back of the head with the nozzle from the hose he used to bathe her.
Sheriff Ivey stated he would not post the video on Facebook because it is so graphic and disturbing; stating it was “one of the most difficult things I have ever had to watch in my 39 years of Law Enforcement because of the horrific and cruel way the pet was treated.”
TT is a service dog for a disabled veteran who suffers from PTSD. The owner is devastated by the horrific acts of cruelty inflicted upon his dog. Sadly, TT had to undergo emergency surgery to amputate her tail and is now recovering.
“If you hurt an animal in Brevard County, I will personally walk you into our jail and slam the door behind you,” stated Sheriff Ivey. …Chief Pearson and I were waiting to personally walk him into the jail and to the Booking Desk as Chief Pearson feels the same way as I do about those that harm animals in our community.”
The grooming facility where this incident occurred had no knowledge Suthann could do this to an animal. He was immediately fired.