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Tampa kennel worker fired after being charged with animal cruelty and improper confinement of his own dogs

TAMPA — A former kennel technician at a North Tampa training camp for dogs faces animal cruelty and improper confinement charges for his six personal pets.

Hillsborough County Animal Control arrested Anthony Greene, 27, Tuesday after an anonymous tipster said his dogs were left outdoors in a heavy downpour without food or water.

An arrest report shows Greene, of Tampa, was slapped with one animal cruelty charge and six counts of confinement of animals without food and water.

Greene was working at Inghram's Sit 'N Stay Dog Academy when authorities arrived at his home, said Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan.

She said Greene was verbally abusive and threatening to her staffers when they contacted him.

Greene was fired Tuesday when Sit 'N Stay owner Clarke Inghram learned of the charges. Greene had worked there for a year.

"The minute I found out what happened with Animal Services, I couldn't let him work for me," Inghram said in a phone interview. "He will never be allowed to come back on my property."

Ryan said one of Greene's puppies needed emergency surgery for a prolapsed rectum, which can arise from an untreated bacterial infection or hookworm.

The county took the sickly 8-week-old hound mix, she said. It will pursue custody of the other five dogs unless Greene relinquishes it voluntarily.

State records show Greene's criminal record begins in 1999 with charges of marijuana possession and resisting an officer without violence. Other drug and gun possession charges followed.

He served four years in prison on 2004 convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery.

Inghram said he agreed to hire Greene part-time after the man's parents told him about the drug charges and asked that he get a second chance. They did not mention the robbery or assault convictions, he said.

Inghram said Greene worked with a team and was rarely alone with the animals. He said there were no complaints about him and no alarming behavior.

"Whatever he was practicing at home, we don't practice at our place," he said.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Staff writer Steven Overly can be reached at soverly@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3435.

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