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Hernando man faces animal cruelty charge in case of injured pit bull

Blake Coleman Worley, 21, was being held Monday at a detention center in lieu of $2,000 bail. 

Blake Coleman Worley, 21, was being held Monday at a detention center in lieu of $2,000 bail. 

BROOKSVILLE — A 21-year-old man accused of locking a severely injured pit bull in a utility room at a vacant Brooksville home in August was arrested Sunday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Blake Coleman Worley of 16061 Country Acres Loop, northwest of Brooksville, faces a charge of animal cruelty.

He was being held Monday at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $2,000 bail.

The male pit bull was found shortly after midnight Aug. 13 in an outside utility room at 807 Peach St. after a neighbor called authorities.

The pit bull was alive but unresponsive and bleeding from what appeared to be bite wounds on his body — the result of his possibly being used in a fighting ring, authorities said.

Worley kept the dog in the utility room without water or medical care, authorities said.

The pit bull died later that morning in his kennel after a Hernando County Animal Services officer failed to immediately seek veterinary care.

According to a news release from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 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 arrives to determine the best course of action.

The officer involved was investigated and was verbally disciplined.

Danny Valentine can be reached at or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

Hernando man faces animal cruelty charge in case of injured pit bull 09/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 10:50pm]
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