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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013County: Sarasota
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Scott Morrison
A man has been arrested on a felony charge of cruelty to animals, accused of beating his small dog after she refused to obey his commands.
Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, deputies on patrol near Myrtle Street and U.S. 301 in Sarasota heard yelling and from a distance saw a man bent over, making punching movements toward the ground, the Sarasota County Sheriff's office says.
As they moved to investigate, they heard an animal yelping in pain and saw a small dog that was clearly distressed and shaking, partially inside a black backpack on the sidewalk.
Deputies say Scott Morrison, 52, who identified himself as homeless, claimed he was "frustrated and angry" because the dog, named Chloe, wasn't listening to him. He admitted biting the dog's ear to "train it."
A witness told deputies that she saw Morrison shake the dog, strike her three times and then slam her on the concrete in the backpack.
Animal Services took custody of Chloe, a black and white miniature Greyhound mix. She had no visible injuries, but tests are being performed to confirm her condition.
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