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Monroe deputy arrested for animal cruelty

A Monroe County deputy has been arrested and terminated after an investigation into allegations he did not provide his dog with proper nutrition. From Allison Selman-Willis, MCSO: A former Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for the willful neglect of a dog after neighbors made a complaint to the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Shaw Avenue on June 10, after receiving a complaint about a neglected dog inside the home. The home is being rented by Dekota Dobbs, who met the responding deputy at the home. Dobbs gave the deputy access to the house, who found an emaciated lab/pit bull mix dog that was covered with fleas. Dobbs told the deputy that he fed the dog twice a day and that the dog was current on all vaccinations but would not gain weight. A large bag of dog food was found in the pantry of the house. The dog was surrendered to a neighbor at that time. The responding deputy then made contact with a local veterinarian who had treatment and vaccinations records for the dog. The vet told the deputy that the dog was last seen in his office on May 8, 2014 and had never received full treatment for roundworms. On Thursday, June 11, the dog was taken into custody by Monroe County Animal Control and was taken the on-call vet for examination and treatment. The following day, Friday, June 12, the vet reported to the Sheriff’s office that the dog had less than 5% body fat and was negative of any parasites. The vet said it was his opinion that the dog’s condition was due to lack of nutrition. Dobbs was placed on administrative leave on Thursday, June 11. He subsequently resigned from the Sheriff’s Office and was arrested on Monday, June 22, 2015. He has been released on bond.

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