JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Officers from the City of Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services arrested a 50-year-old man on charges related to animal cruelty after a pit bull mix was brought to the Jacksonville Humane Society with a crushed skull.
Police arrested Richard Dennis Poehler Tuesday night, charging him with three felonies including cruelty to animals, intentionally causing a cruel death and unnecessary suffering, according to a news release from the Jacksonville Humane Society.
"We were appalled when Flo came to us a few weeks ago with a gaping wound that appeared to be made by a hammer or other blunt object. We found metal fragments in her head, and Flo had missing teeth and evidence of past abuse," said Denise Deisler, JHS executive director. "It is unfathomable that a person could inflict such horrific pain and suffering on an innocent creature like Flo."
The release said Flo is recovering at the JHS animal hospital after surgery. Flo is being housed in an undisclosed location.
Poehler is currently being held at the Duval County Jail on no bond. He does not currently have a court date.
If you would like to donate money towards the care of Flo, or other animals like her, you may visit the Jacksonville Humane Society's donations page.
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