A Sarasota man was jailed early Sunday morning after police said he doused his girlfriend's puppy with hot sauce.
Sarasota police arrested Ephrian Myles, 47, of 1511 31st St., Sarasota, on a charge felony aggravated animal cruelty after he alledgedly drenched the puppy head-to-tail with hot sauce, some of it entering the dog's eyes and throat.
Police said the dog, a 3-month-old dachshund-chihuahua mix named Gizmo, has a history of seizures and was yelping because of one when Myles became annoyed and doused the animal. The man's girlfriend said she took the puppy to a nearby fire station for help.
Two Sarasota officers who investigated went to the woman's house on the 3500 block of Old Bradenton Road and said they noticed the puppy had trouble breathing, its eyes had swollen shut and it had become limp. They bathed the puppy in water and toweled it off.
The officers also said they noticed a pool of hot sauce on the floor and questioned Myles, who claimed he had nothing to do with the puppy or the hot sauce. The dog was turned over to animal services and is expected to fully recover. Myles was transported to the Sarasota County Jail.