Dog Beating Charge Sends Key Largo Man To Jail

October 5th, 2010 by Staff

A Key Largo man has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly beat his dog nearly to death Sunday. The black Labrador named “Bubba” almost died of its injuries, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 33-year-old Noah Mitchell was jailed on a charge of Animal Cruelty.

“Bubba” almost died of its injuries which include a collapsed lung, damaged esophagus and fractured ribs. Doctors at South Florida Animal Hospital said if Bubba had been brought in an hour later, he might not have survived.

The dog in is an oxygen tent under observation and is expected to be hospitalized for several more days.

A witness said Bubba upset Mitchell when he tried to run away. Mitchell caught the dog by the collar, the witness said, and dragged him so violently inside he damaged the dog’s neck and esophagus. Then Bubba grabbed a steak from the kitchen counter.

Enraged, Mitchell allegedly picked the dog up, slammed it to the ground and then performed a “knee drop” wrestling move on the dog once it was on the ground.

When police arrived Bubba was in a cage, unresponsive. Mitchell was taken to jail, and Bubba was taken to the hospital.

Monroe Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Kiffney drove the dog to South Dade Animal Hospital and is seeking donations to help Bubba’s medical bills, by asking at any First State Bank branch.

“Many people have expressed the desire to adopt the dog once it is out of the hospital,” Kiffney said. “It is wonderful to see the community support for this poor animal. We will keep everyone apprised of the dog’s condition, and where it goes after it is recovered.”

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