BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County Animal Services officer is under investigation after failing to seek veterinary care for a severely injured dog that was discovered shortly after midnight Wednesday in a utility room at a vacant Brooksville home.
Officer Brenda Rodgers arrived at the home on Peach Street after being notified by Brooksville police, who found the blue male pit bull alive but unresponsive and bleeding from what appeared to be bite wounds on his body. Authorities believe the dog had been used in a fighting ring.
Rodgers, along with a police officer, loaded the dog into her vehicle and took him to the county's shelter on Olive Street in Brooksville. Kennel workers arrived later that morning and found the animal dead inside its pen.
According to a news release from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, initial indications are that immediate veterinary care should have been provided or the animal should have been humanely euthanized, Standard operating procedures at the shelter call for notification of county veterinarian Dr. Lisa Centonze whenever a severely injured animal is brought in so that a determination can be made regarding the best course of action.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Rodgers will remain on the job until an internal investigation of the matter is completed.
Meanwhile, Brooksville police Chief George Turner said that his department has not located the dog's owner, and that the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Brooksville police at (352) 540-3800.
Logan Neill can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1435.