SHERIFF IVEY: Animal Cruelty Investigators Working Hard To Find Dog Fighting Perp(s) in Merritt Island
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // August 5, 2020
UPDATE: Bait dog 'Star' dies from Cardiac Arrest
ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is asking for community’s help in solving an animal cruelty case involving dog fighting in Merritt Island. Sadly, while the Animal Specialty Care Team did everything they could to save “Star” he went into cardiac arrest last night and passed away.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Tuesday, our agency did a live Facebook post about a “bait” dog that had been found by a citizen with significant injuries and was fighting for his life at the Animal Specialty Emergency Care in Rockledge.
As we discussed in the live Facebook post “Star,” as a few of us affectionately named him, had significant life threatening injuries that are the result of extensive and recent dog bites as well as historical bites that covered his entire body including his hindquarters.
As a result of his injuries, it was evident that “Star” had been used as a bait dog to help train other dogs for fighting.
Sadly, while the Animal Specialty Care Team did everything they could to save “Star” he went into cardiac arrest last night and passed away.
I want everyone to know that our Animal Cruelty Investigators are actively working to identify the person responsible for doing this to “Star” and once the suspect is identified he will find himself sitting in our jail with me asking our State Attorney to throw the book at him.
As such, we are asking our citizens to provide us any information they may have about the individual responsible for doing this.
Our team is focusing not only on the individual responsible for the injuries to “Star” but also any person or group that is engaged in Dog Fighting in Brevard County.
In addition, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Pet Posse, Canaveral Port Commissioner Robyn Hattaway, the Titusville SPCA, and Jack’s Wrecker of Melbourne have joined forces to offer a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case.
Anyone who has information is asked to please call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS and please remember all calls to Crimeline are anonymous.
As I have told everyone before, if you are demented and evil enough to do this to a dog you would do it to a human so I will have no remorse in putting you in our jail and keeping you locked up for as long as the law will allow.
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