SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. — A 37-year-old dog groomer is facing charges of animal cruelty after deputies say he broke a service animal's tail in anger, which later had to be amputated.
- Deputies say animal abuse was caught on surveillance video
- Service dog's tail had to be amputated during emergency surgery
- James Corell Doughty Suthann charged with animal cruelty
James Corell Doughty Suthann was booked into the Brevard County Jail on Monday.
Sheriff Office investigators say Suthann was grooming a disabled military veteran's service dog, which wouldn't stand still, when he broke its tail at the Satellite Beach grooming business Groomingdales.
The female dog, 8-year-old TT, had to undergo emergency surgery, and the tail was amputated.
"I got her back home, and she wouldn't lay down, she wouldn't come to us, she wouldn't have any snacks or anything. So... we took her to the animal hospital, and that's where they did the X-rays," TT's owner, Rick McGuire, said Tuesday.
According to the business owner, surveillance video led to Suthann's animal cruelty charges. Investigators said the video showed Suthann cinching the dog's neck, swinging it by its tail, and striking the dog in the back of the head with a hose nozzle.
Suthann reportedly worked as a contract employee for the grooming business, which just opened its doors February 6. That's the day McGuire brought TT in for an appointment.
"If you hurt an animal in Brevard County, I will personally walk you into our jail and slam the door behind you," Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook post.
Suthann's bond was set at $2,000, the maxium for the charges. He has bonded out of jail.