On Thursday, eight police cars surrounded a residence at 1636 Northeast 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale after days of intense social media outrage over a photograph posted on Facebook showing an emaciated puppy chained to a backyard structure with no food, water, or shade.
According to the New Times.com, D'Anthony Davis and his girlfriend were arrested, however it is not clear what charges have been levied against the couple. A telephone inquiry to authorities has not been answered.
Since Tuesday, when neighbors began taking photographs and a video showing the young Doberman named Duchess appearing weak and emaciated in the intense South Florida sun, and Amy Roman, posting the disturbing photo on her Facebook group, 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, outraged readers and humane supporters have been emailing and calling Animal Control and the police.
On Wednesday, authorities from Animal Control showed up at the residence, and stated even though Duchess was thin, the dog was in general good health. An agent from Animal Control Specialist informed Davis about the special nutritional needs of the dog. The owner was also able to show documentation of a recent visit with Duchess to the Hollywood Animal Hospital.
Authorities stated there were no signs of abuse, worms, or fleas, and a second puppy in the home appeared to be in good health.
Still so many questions remained unanswered. One neighbor stated she had seen Duchess steadily losing weight, and the dog had been left tethered outside in the 90+ temperatures noting the dog had tried to crawl under a deck structure to dig a hole to stay cool.
And worse was the photograph of a young dog so desperately in need of rescue.
The arrests seem to be unrelated to animal abuse. During the course of the animal cruelty allegations however, outstanding warrants were discovered.
More details to come as this story develops. The dogs are now in the care of Animal Control.
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