A Florida man is accused of abusing a small dog and breaking its pelvis because he was angry at the dog’s owner.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Booth Chidester, 35, of Marathon, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday and booked into the county jail.
Deputies began looking for Chidester on Tuesday after a miniature pinscher named “Penny” was brought to a veterinary hospital to be checked for injuries.
According to deputies, the dog’s owner said Penny was unable to stand on her hind legs and was shaking a lot. The woman later told detectives she had gotten into an altercation with Chidester the previous night. That’s when he picked Penny up and threw the dog to the ground from the top of a staircase, deputies said.
Deputies said Penny suffered multiple pelvis fractures and may have long-term damage. The vet also said the dog may not be able to urinate without a catheter, according to deputies.
Chidester, a convicted felon, is being held on an animal cruelty charge. His bond was set at $50,000.
“Chidester has an arrest history spanning more than 15 years in three states, including Monroe County, Florida,” the sheriff’s office said. “His last arrest in Monroe County came in 2016 when he was charged with aggravated battery in which he knew or should have known the victim was pregnant.”