Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015

Emaciated pit bull dies in county shelter

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Earlier this week, Brooksville police found an injured, emaciated pit bull at an abandoned Peach Street home in Brooksville.

On Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's office sent out a press release, saying the dog had died at Hernando County Animal Services.

According to the sheriff's office, Animal Service Officer Brenda Rodgers did not alert county vetrenarian Dr. Lisa Centonze about the animal, which was removed from the home just after midnight Aug. 13. Animal services staff found the pit bull dead the next morning.

"Initial indications are that immediate veterinary care should have been provided or the animal should have been humanely euthanized," the press release stated. A preliminary investigation has found Rodgers should have notified Centonze about the injured dog.

The sheriff's office is conducting an internal investigation, and Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said Rodger will continue to work through the investigation.

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