DANBURY, Conn. -- A former Danbury pet shop owner has pleaded not guilty to performing an illegal medical procedure on a puppy, according to a report on WLAD.com.
An arrest warrant for Richard Doyle, 56, of Mahopac, N.Y., claims that he literally “tortured” the sick animal by attempting to drain a cyst, according to a report in the Danbury News-Times.
He was charged with animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license, The News-Times story said.
Doyle no longer owns the Animal Breeders store in Danbury but still runs a shop in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., The News-Times article said.
According to a report on the Daily Voice, Doyle has previously been charged with animal cruelty in connection with a surgical procedure performed on the eye of another dog.
He was also accused of not providing proper medical care for a puppy and a kitten, which both had to be put to sleep, an earlier Daily Voice story said.