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Second Arrest Made In Animal Cruelty Case At Danbury Pet Store

Kathy Seton of Cold Spring, N.Y. Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department
Richard Doyle of Mahopac, N.Y. Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

DANBURY, Conn. — One of the managers of a Danbury pet store was arrested on animal cruelty charges two days after the owner of American Breeders was arrested on similar charges, police said. 

Kathy Seton, 29, of Cold Spring, N.Y., was charged Wednesday with animal cruelty, according to the News Times. Danbury police said they did not have details on the charges against Seton. 

Her boss, Richard F. Doyle, 55, of Mahopac, N.Y., was charged Monday with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in connection with the care of two dogs and a kitten, two of which were euthanized as a result.  

Doyle is the owner of American Breeders at 128 Federal Road as well as two stores with the same name in Mohegan Lake and Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 

He was arrested after an investigation by state animal control officers from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. The probe began in March after one of his employees made a complaint about the mistreatment of animals.

Doyle performed a surgical procedure, in the pet shop in March, on the eye of a Neapolitan Mastiff, which he is not licensed to do, the Department of Agriculture said. 

The employee provided photographs showing the dog suffering severe bleeding, the department said. She also said she was often told treat animals with medication and administer shots although she is not licensed to do so.

Doyle also is accused of confining a critically ill exotic kitten and failing to provide it with immediate veterinary care, the department said. The kitten was euthanized.

He is also charged with failing to provide care to a sick Shih-Tzu puppy in April, the department said. The puppy came from one of Doyle's stores in New York and was left with a Danbury employee, the department said. The puppy suffered vomiting, diarrhea and coughing and was later euthanized.

Doyle was arrested Monday on a warrant signed by a Danbury Superior Court judge. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on Aug. 6. The cruelty to animals incidents occurred on Feb. 27, March 1 and April 10, according to court records. 


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