A Danbury pet shop owner is facing animal cruelty charges.
The charges stem from allegations that he failed to properly care for two dogs and a kitten, leading to the euthanization of two of the animals.
Richard F. Doyle, 55, owner of the American Breeders pet shop in Danbury, was arrested after an investigation that began in March when an employee complained about animals being mistreated.
Officials said one of the allegations against Doyle is that he performed a surgical procedure on the eye of a Neopolitan Mastiff when he is not licensed to do that.
“The female dog sustained severe bleeding after the procedure on an inner eyelid, which Doyle allegedly performed in the rear of the pet shop in March,” officials from the state’s Department of Agriculture said.
Doyle is also accused of confining a critically-ill exotic kitten and failing to provide it immediate veterinary intervention until the animal required euthanization.
“He is also charged with failing to provide proper care to a sick Shih-Tzu puppy that was in need of immediate medical care in April,” officials said.
Doyle, of New York, was arrested on Monday.
He also owns two other stores in New York.
Charges of animal cruelty are also pending against one of Doyle’s store managers, Kathy Seton.
Doyle is expected to appear in court on Aug. 6.
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