FORT PIERCE — A man is charged with animal cruelty for throwing onto the pavement a dog the Humane Society was displaying for adoption outside a farm supply store.
The dog, a 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Boston, ended up with a compound leg fracture after the man became angry about the dog nipping his daughter, according to police reports.
The incident started when Coconut Creek resident John Gibson and his daughter passed a Humane Society of St. Lucie County volunteer holding the dog in her lab outside the Tractor Supply Co. on Okeechobee Road at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The man’s daughter asked to pet it, but he protested. The Humane Society volunteer gave assurances that the dog was friendly. Yet it nipped the girl’s midsection.
Gibson briefly went inside the store, then re-emerged, yelling, “That dog bit my daughter,” the report states.
He is accused of grabbing the dog from the seated volunteer, “lifting the dog above his head and forcefully slamming the dog onto the concrete outside” the store.
“The dog tried to get up, but could not stand on its right rear leg, which was bleeding,” according to reports.
The dog was taken to the Animal Emergency hospital for treatment. A repair surgery is scheduled.
Gibson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and released. Police say store video surveillance backs up witnesses’ accounts of what happened.
His daughter ended up with a bruise from the bite that did not puncture her skin, the reports state.
“Our staff and volunteers are, understandably, very, very upset,” said Humane Society spokeswoman Rita Hart. “ They do what they do because they love the homeless animals for which they care.”