US dog groomer arrested after violently breaking service dog's tail

The dog belonged to a US Army veteran who suffers from PTSD.
The dog belonged to a US Army veteran who suffers from PTSD. Photo credit: Brevard County Florida Sheriff's Office.

A US dog groomer was arrested for breaking a service dog's tail, prompting a stark warning from local police.

The Brevard County Florida Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook following the incident where James Cordell Doughty Suthann was caught on CCTV holding down a dog and violently breaking its tail as it stood to get washed.

"Suthann became angry when an 8 year old German Shepard Service Dog would not stand still as he was trying to complete the grooming process," the post explained.

"Suthann grabs the dog's tail and completely lifts him off the ground causing the pets tail to be twisted a full 360 degrees and to be broken to the extent it could not be reattached."

They said the dog, named TT, was a service dog for a disabled US army veteran with PTSD.

"The owner was devastated by the acts of cruelty against his pet and companion."

The police Facebook post did not hold back on condemning the man for his actions.

"If you harm an animal in Brevard County we will take your butt straight to jail!!" the post said.

Suthann was arrested for felony cruelty to animals and taken to the county jail, where officers "were waiting to personally walk him into the jail."

"Unfortunately the maximum bond that could be placed on Suthann was $2000 because they don't let me personally set the bond amounts for criminals like this guy!"

The video was not posted to Facebook, police claimed it was too graphic, and "one of the most difficult things [they] have ever had to watch."


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