Animal cruelty charges have been brought against a Danbury pet shop owner. 55-year old Richard Doyle faces three counts 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.
A complaint by an employee about animal mistreatment led to an investigation by Connecticut animal control officers.
One of the allegations against Doyle is that he performed a surgical procedure on the eye of a Neopolitan Mastiff when he is not licensed to do so. The female dog sustained severe bleeding after the procedure on an inner eyelid, which Doyle allegedly performed in the rear of the pet shop in March. The employee provided officers with photographs documenting the dog’s condition. She also said she was often made to treat animals with medication and administer shots although she is not licensed to do so.
Doyle also is accused of confining a critically-ill exotic kitten and failing to provide it immediate veterinary intervention until the animal required euthanization.
The Mahopac resident owns two other pet shops in New York.
He is also charged with failing to provide proper care to a sick Shih-Tzu puppy that was in need of immediate medical care in April. Doyle had 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 to treat it for vomiting, diarrhea and coughing. The puppy also was later euthanized by a veterinarian.
He was arrested Monday, and released on a written promise to appear in court on August 6th. Charges of animal cruelty are also pending against one of Doyle’s store managers, Kathy Seton.