UPDATE: Animal Cruelty Charges Filed After Vet Tried To Save.
Owner Allegedly Only Fed Dog Weekly Due To Financial Problems.
BY: STAFF REPORT
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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A challenging financial situation for Boca Raton resident Dalton Jones allegedly led him to only feed his dog “Yara” weekly, according to a police report obtained by BocaNewsNow.com. The dog was kept in a crate and only irregularly permitted outside.
Jones, according to the police report, took Yara to Calusa Animal Hospital last week where veterinary professionals said the dog was emaciated and unable to walk. While professionals at Calusa believed Yara would survive, the dog died on January 21st.
“Dalton stated that Yara is a 2 year old mixed breed female that he has owned for approximately 1.5 years,” wrote an investigating officer after Boca Raton Police were alerted by Calusa Animal Hospital.
“According to Dalton, he has been the sole owner and caregiver of Yara since she was adopted. Dalton stated that due to personal matters, he has not been able to care for Yara which he described as ‘neglect.’ Dalton stated that due to his personal schedule, he would feed Yara weekly and sometimes leave her in a crate inside of his apartment fo days at a time without removing her to use the bathroom or walk which has resulted in her needing medical attention.”
The police report adds:
“On Thursday, January 21, 2021, it was learned that Yara expired as a result of her condition. (A Calusa Animal Hospital Doctor) conducted a veterinary exam of Yara and determined that all of Yara’s bones and internal anatomy were visible consistent with emaciation from not eating. Per the doctor’s examination, Yara was rated five (5) on the Tuft’s Animal Care and Condition Scale of 1 being health and 5 being emaciated.”
As we reported on Sunday, Dalton Jones was charged with one count of animal cruelty one and one count of animal abandonment. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and later released on bond. A court date is pending.
Jones lives in the 21700 block of Town Lakes Drive in Boca Raton.
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