Thursday, July 30, 2015
Danbury Pet Store Owner Faces Animal Cruelty Charges
DANBURY — The owner of a local pet shop was charged with animal cruelty after improper care forced the euthanization of two animals, state officials said Wednesday.
Richard F. Doyle, 55, the owner of the American Breeders pet shop on Federal Road, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty after an investigation by state animal control officers, according to the Department of Agriculture.
The investigation was spurred by a complaint from one of Doyle's employees about animals being mistreated, state officials said.
Doyle allegedly performed an unlicensed surgical procedure on a dog, which led to severe bleeding from the inner eyelid, the Department of Agriculture said. The employee who made the complaint provided authorities photos showing the dog's condition, the department said.
Doyle also confined a sick cat, failing to give it veterinary care, and also did not care for a sick puppy that needed medical care, the department said. Both animals had to be euthanized.
The employee told authorities that she was told to provide animals with medicine and shots without a license.
Doyle, a New York resident, was taken into custody Monday. He was released on a written promise to appear in Superior Court on Aug. 6.