Earlier this week, 55 year old Richard Doyle of Mahopac NY, the owner of American Breeders pet shop, located at 128 Federal Road in Danbury, was arrested and charged with three counts of animal cruelty stemming from allegations that he failed to properly care for a dog and kitten. The animals were since euthanized.
We learned today from Steven Jensen of CT Department of Agriculture, that a second person, Kathy Seton, was arrested in connection with the case. Seton was an employee at American Breeders pet shop.
"The allegations against her stem from the same facts as in Doyle’s case, specifically that she failed to get proper veterinary care for the puppy and the kitten that had to be euthanized," explained Jensen.
According to the CT Department of Agriculture, Richard F. Doyle, owner of the American Breeders in Danbury and two other shops in New York, was arrested after an investigation by state animal control officers from the Department of Agriculture that began in March after a complaint from one of his employees about animals being mistreated.
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.
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.
Doyle was arrested Monday on a warrant signed by a Danbury Superior Court judge.
He was released on a written promise to appear in court on Aug. 6.