OAKLAND PARK, FL-- Botched medical treatment on a dog resulted in the animal's death and the arrest of the man watching her, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office says the animal, a 2-year-old named Zoe, was being watched by William Ralph Jones, Jr., of Oakland Park.
He was pet sitting for owner Danielle Vecchio.
According to information pieced together by investigators, the dog had escaped from Jones's yard not once but twice. The second time Zoe suffered a 3-to-4 inch gash on her chest.
Jones used glue to fix the injury, according to the sheriff's office.
The next day the dog escaped again and reopened her cut.
After asking his roommate to give the dog a muscle relaxer, Jones decided to use dental floss and a needle to sew up the injury, according to BSO.
Because the animal would not sit still, Jones soaked a cloth with chloroform and put it on her muzzle, the sheriff's office said.
Zoe died a short time later.
Deputies arrested Jones Wednesday. They say he is not cooperating in the investigation.
Detectives have charged Jones with two counts of felony animal abuse. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison.
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