Veteran’s service dog has to have tail amputated after groomer attacks her and breaks off her tail

The accused, identified as James Cordell Doughty Suthann, of Satellite Beach, was reportedly charged with felony cruelty to animals and was taken to the Brevard County jail


                            Veteran’s service dog has to have tail amputated after groomer attacks her and breaks off her tail

A disabled veteran's dog in Florida was allegedly attacked by a grooming salon employee and had to have its tail amputated in an emergency surgery after his tail was found broken, according to reports.

The accused, identified as 37-year-old James Cordell Doughty Suthann, of Satellite Beach, was reportedly charged with felony cruelty to animals and was taken to the Brevard County jail. The incident reportedly occurred on February 6.



 

 

Shortly after his arrest, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey released a statement on Facebook, stating that the incident with an eight-year-old German shepherd service dog occurred at a local grooming salon where Suthann was working as a contracted employee.

According to Ivey, after the incident was reported to the salon, the owners of the facility took action to no longer employ the accused at their facility. The incident occurred at Groomingdales Pet Spa in Satellite Beach. 

The accused arrested by Florida officials. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
The accused arrested by Florida officials. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

Reports state that Suthann allegedly became frustrated when the dog, named TT would not stand still for the grooming. A video of the incident showed Suthann, at one point, lifting TT off the ground by the tail and twisting and breaking the dog’s tail so badly it could not be re-attached. The sheriff said that the dog had to be rushed for an emergency surgery soon after.

Ivey also added that according to the video Suthan "cinched the pet’s head down so tight that the dog could no longer move and was obviously in pain," and hit the dog in the head with a hose nozzle, PEOPLE reported.

Authorities said that the video was too graphic to post on social media, however, a picture of the dog's injury was shared by officials.

"(B)ut trust me when I tell you that it is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to watch in my 39 years of Law Enforcement because of the horrific and cruel way the pet was treated," Ivey said.

The injured dog's picture released by officials. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
The injured dog's picture released by officials. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

 

The dog's owner, Rick McGuire, while speaking to WKMG ClickOrlando said the dog is recovering from the surgery.

"I don’t think she really misses (her tail), as far as I can tell, but I really don’t know what’s in her head," McGuire said. "Unfortunately, the maximum bond that could be placed on Suthann was $2,000.00, because they don’t let me personally set the bond amounts for criminals like this guy!!" Ivey wrote.

The accused was reportedly released on bond on Monday and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Tuesday.