Edgar Bica was arrested by deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday and charged with animal cruelty for neglecting to properly treat his pet goat and dog according to The Palm Beach Post.
According to a sheriff's report, on Oct. 4, a neighbor contacted authorities about Bica's hunting dog suffering from a severe neck injury after it had been gored by a hog while hunting. When authorities arrived at the property, they could not find the dog, but instead found an emaciated goat, named Poncho crying in pain. The only water available for the animal was green, and there was no food or grass.
The goat was seized, removed from the property and taken to a veterinarian. Because of the severity of his injuries, the goat was euthanized. Bica claims the goat was bitten on the leg by a coral snake, and he had been treating the wound with an antibiotic.
Authorities found the dog named "Red" at Bica's father's home located on Collecting Canal Road. The dog had an open infected wound on his neck. Bica was ordered to take the dog to a veterinarian for treatment or surrender the dog to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.
The veterinarian told Bica he had been using the wrong antibiotic on the wound; he was told to bring Red back for follow-up care. The dog's condition improved. Bica never returned.
Bica has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was released on bond.
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