A Florida man was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges after he took his dog to a clinic to have him euthanized because of his injuries.
Authorities were called to PAWS Animal Clinic after a veterinarian became suspicious of the wounds found on Max, a terrier. The dog’s owner, Rolando Martinez, said Max got hurt when his leg got caught in a sliding porch door.
The vet notified Martinez that Max had multiple neck and head wounds, and Martinez said he did not know how Max sustained the injuries.
Deputies were called and an investigation led to Martinez’s arrest. Max is now in the protective custody of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County.
Max will receive surgery on his compound fractured leg after his condition has stabilized.
One of the Humane Society/SPCA investigators stated, “Max was in a tremendous amount of pain, but the outlook is hopeful though guarded. His recovery will require extensive veterinary care, so we ask that everyone keep him in their thoughts. When he hopefully heals, he will be ready for adoption into a loving safe home. This is just the beginning of the process to help protect these voiceless victims that are in abusive environments. Animal cruelty is one of highest priorities of our organization.”