In the heartbreaking death of an 11-year-old Pomeranian, Daniel Doane, the dog‘s owner, was arrested on Friday in Key West and charged with felony animal cruelty. The dog named Snarf had been repeatedly neglected by Doane for the last ten months
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office blog, Sheriff’s Detective Dave Chayka and the Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty charged Doane with long term neglect and failing to take care of his dog.
Beginning last September, poor, neglected Snarf had been turned into the SPCA with rotten teeth and a severe infestation of fleas and ticks. Snarf was again picked up in April running loose with the same physical problems. Doane was charged with animal cruelty and ordered to appear in court. Both times the SPCA asked Doane to surrender Snarf, but Doane refuse
Just days before Doane was to appear in court, Snarf was found near the White Street Pier barely able to stand. He was taken to the SPCA where he died a short while later.
Veterinarian reports stated the senior dog died from a severe, fully engorged tick infestation.
“A senior dog who should have been sleeping peacefully in an air conditioned room with plenty of food, water, and pampering, but instead he’s made to suffer like this and die from ticks sucking his blood.
How cruel can anyone be? I hope he is never allowed to own another animal for the rest of his life. He could have done the right thing for that dog months ago,” stated Amy Collins, a vet technician in Miami.
Rest in peace Snarf. Doane remains in the Monroe County Detention Center.