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Tampa puppy confiscated in animal cruelty case is euthanized

TAMPA — The puppy that required emergency surgery after Hillsborough County Animal Services confiscated him last week from the home of a local kennel technician was euthanized Wednesday. He was 9 weeks old.

The hound mix, who was called Cowboy by his owner and Indy by the Animal Services staff, suffered from a prolapsed rectum, a condition that arises from an untreated bacterial infection or hookworm.

The puppy would have needed additional surgery that is dangerous and expensive, Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan said. It was unclear whether a veterinarian with the necessary skills was available, she added.

The puppy's owner, Anthony Greene, 27, was arrested last week and charged with animal cruelty and six counts of improper confinement for his personal pets.

"We do feel that this condition was a direct result of the neglect of Mr. Greene," Ryan said.

Greene was saddened to learn of the puppy's fate, and defended his care of the dogs after a story about his arrest appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

Greene said he tried to treat the puppy at home with Preparation H ointment and by pushing the rectum back inside the animal. He did not have the means to afford professional care, he said.

Animal Services said the dogs were left outdoors in heavy rain without adequate shelter, food or water. Greene contends that he did not expect rain when he put them outside, which he does regularly while at work from 6 to 11 a.m.

Greene was employed as a kennel technician at Sit 'N Stay Dog Academy in North Tampa at the time of his arrest. He has a criminal record that includes aggravated assault and armed robbery charges.

The training camp owner, Clarke Inghram, said at the time he hired Greene after talking with his parents and did not know the extent of his criminal background. Greene's mother, Sandra Greene, said she only had a brief conversation with Inghram and did not discuss her son's past.

Inghram later said Greene was employed as part of the Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises Inc. program. He said Greene was well liked by clients and never posed a problem while on the staff.

Reach Steven Overly at or (813) 226-3435.

Tampa puppy confiscated in animal cruelty case is euthanized 07/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 9, 2009 8:59pm]
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