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A former Danbury pet shop owner charged with animal cruelty has been sentenced.  56-year old Richard Doyle faced five counts of animal cruelty stemming from allegations he failed to properly care for two dogs and a kitten at American Breeders pet shop on Federal Road.  Two of the animals had to be euthanized. 


Doyle was sentenced on December 2nd to probation with special conditions.  According to Yorktown News, he must have no affiliation with a pet store or animal rescue shelter and make a $5,000 donation to Second Chance Rescue.  The official order was one year in jail, execution suspended, probation for three years.


Doyle owned two other shops in New York. 


A complaint by an employee about animal mistreatment led to an investigation by Connecticut animal control officers.  The employee said she was often made to treat animals with medication and administer shots although she is not licensed to do so. 


One of the allegations is that Doyle performed a surgical procedure, despite not being licensed to do so.  It was performed on a dog in the back of the shop and led to severe bleeding.  Another allegation against Doyle is that he confined a critically-ill exotic kitten and failing to provide it immediate veterinary intervention until the animal required euthanization.  Doyle was also accused of failing to provide proper care to a sick puppy in need of immediate medical care.  He brought the puppy to Danbury from one of his New York stores and left it in the care of an employee, but without needed veterinary care.  The puppy also was later euthanized by a veterinarian.


One of Richard Doyle’s store managers, 29-year old Kathy Seton of Cold Spring New York, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty.  Police did not detail the allegations against her.  She was sentenced on December 2nd to conditional discharge.  The official order was one year in jail, execution suspended, conditional discharge of three years.

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