Investigations by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Sheriff’s Detective Dave Chavka revealed 26 year old Daniel Doane repeatedly neglected and failed to care for the dog over a ten month period. The dog was turned in to the SPCA twice – once in September and again in April – after he was found wandering around unattended. On both occasions, the dog was severely infested with fleas and ticks, was filthy and suffered from rotten teeth. On the second occasion, Doane was issued a notice to appear in court. He was supposed to go to court on June 12th. On both occasions, the SPCA offered to take “Snarf”, but Doane refused to give the dog up.
On June 5th, prior to the date Doane was to go to court, “Snarf” was found, barely able to walk, near the White Street Pier. He was picked up by SPCA, but died shortly after being picked up. Examinations of the dog’s body revealed tick infestation caused his death. The dog had “severe infestation of fully engorged ticks too numerous to count” and experienced “excessive pain and suffering”. Investigations by Detective Chavka revealed Doane had left his apartment on June 1st, putting the dog in the bathroom and closing the door. Doane had not returned home since the first, leaving the dog alone for four days. He told the detective he knew the dog and the residence were infested with ticks, but did nothing about it.
Doan was arrested today and booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.