NEAR WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida man landed behind bars days after, authorities stated, his dog was discovered tied and deserted on a Martin County highway, leaving animal advocates outraged.
According to Martin County Animal Control, a passing driver noticed Maverick on the desolate roadway final week.
Authorities stated the canine was tied to a barbed wire fence, overheated, muzzled and struggling to breathe.
“He was having such a hard time because dogs use panting to regulate and cool themselves down. He couldn’t pant,” stated Tabitha Queen, an animal management officer with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Queen stated it’s unclear how lengthy Maverick was on the market.
At first, Queen stated, the dog was skittish and fearful, however that modified as soon as they obtained him someplace secure and gave him some water.
“He was so relieved, so happy, and once we got him unmuzzled, you just see him melt,” she stated.
Investigators’ subsequent step was determining how Maverick obtained there. That turned out to be simple, for the reason that dog is chipped.
The deputies’ discovery led them to West Palm Beach resident Yunio Lopez. Investigators stated he had a tough time explaining why Maverick was tied to a fence so removed from house.
“The story changed so many different times that it’s hard to believe, really, anything at this point,” stated MCSO Chief Deputy John Budensiek.
One of these tales, in accordance to deputies, is that Maverick ran away, but when that had been true, Budensiek stated, it makes the scenario even worse.
“At least put some effort into making sure your animal, which, you know, is muzzled, isn’t running around in the wild and is absolutely going to die if somebody doesn’t intervene,” stated Budensiek.
Lopez has been charged with animal neglect.
Maverick is being cared for on the Treasure Coast Humane Society till he’s prepared to be put up for adoption.
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