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Abandoned puppy survives; two people charged with animal cruelty

Reported by: Lorena Inclan

Contributor: Gary Detman
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Updated: 7/31/2013 7:06 pm
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- A local family is getting comfortable with a new and playful family member -- a puppy named Beecher who is the lone survivor of what investigators are calling a case of animal cruelty.

Someone abandoned a dog and four puppies near a trash collection site in Welaka earlier this month.

"The dog was living on the porch and found to be living in its own feces," said Putnam County Sheriff Deputy Paula Priester.

The dog died.  A passerby took the puppies home but only one survived.

Investigators believed the dogs were malnourished and abused.

Deputies arrested one suspect last week.  Deondra Milledge, 27, was charged with five counts of animal cruelty.  She told investigators her boyfriend was the one who abandoned the dogs.

Investigators issued a warrant for Ryan Flynn this week.  Deputies arrested him in Welaka on Monday.  He faces two counts of causing cruel death by pain and suffering to an animal, and three counts of abandonment of an animal.

"He dumped them on the side of the road and left them for dead," said Deputy Priester.

Ben Byers is the passerby who rescued the puppies. He named the lone survivor Beecher after the street he was found on.

Beecher has undergone a blood transfusion and has gained one pound in a week. The community has rallied around the puppy who at only seven weeks old has beat all odds. His very own Facebook page, "Hope for Beecher", has received hundreds of comments. People have even donated money to help pay for his veterinary visits.

The Byers family says Beecher is expected to make a full recovery.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office encourages people to call them to arrange a pick-up if they can no longer care for their pet. You can also take them to the local animal shelter or humane society.

If you'd like to help the Byers family with Beecher's veterinary expenses you can call the Animal Medical Clinic at 386-328-4613.

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wishmistress - 8/1/2013 3:47 AM
0 Votes should change your name. That is a nasty comment. I've come across 'people' of all races, genders and dollar amounts who don't deserve to have animals. Talk like that is non-productive to our nation.

biblelady2 - 7/31/2013 10:21 PM
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I KNEW it would be a black person who was abusing the dogs. Starving them! I live in a neighborhood with a lot of black families, and most of them own pit bulls, number one dog of their choice, and, I'm very sad to say, they treat their animals horribly. Starve them, beat them, neglect them, rarely interact with the animals, probably don't get them vaccinated, either. It makes me SICK. WHY do y'all do that? Don't buy a pet just so it gets ignored, neglected, and starved to death.

Realchange - 7/31/2013 7:10 PM
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Dog dies you go to jail. Person shoots and animal such as gator or bear threatening them they go to jail. Whale slaps a woman around like she's a seal to be killed. The result: Since said whale is worth 2 million he's back to performing again. Also he's allowed to breed as well. Sure hope he's not passing on a gene later on to kill humans in water. Another case of animal cruelty by authorizes they insist you do not save orphaned baby deer's or else. Yes people are cruel and deserve punishment but the law should be fair not biased based on monetary value.

nativejax - 7/31/2013 5:43 PM
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Poor little baby...I detest people who don't care about Gods creatures. But crap look where I live, 'thugville'..where they don't even care about human life.
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