- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The owner of a Danbury pet shop has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty on allegations he failed to properly care for two dogs and a kitten, requiring two animals to be euthanized.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that Richard F. Doyle, owner of the American Breeders pet shop in Danbury and two shops in New York, was arrested after an investigation prompted by a complaint in March from an employee about mistreated animals.

A message left at the 55-year-old Doyle’s home seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Doyle is accused of performing a surgical procedure on the eye of a Mastiff, though he is not licensed. Officials say severe bleeding resulted.

He’s also accused of confining a critically-ill exotic kitten and failing to provide it immediate veterinary intervention.

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