Second Arrest Made in Pet Store Animal Cruelty Case

Police have arrested a second person in connection with an animal cruelty case at a Connecticut pet store after two animals were denied emergency care and euthanized.

Kathy Seton, 29, of Cold Spring, New York, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of animal cruelty, the News Times reports. According to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Seton manages the American Breeders pet shop at 128 Federal Road in Danbury.

Her arrest comes two days after that of Danbury pet store owner Richard Doyle, 55, of Mahopac, New York. Doyle was arrested Monday after a months-long investigation that began in March when the Connecticut Department of Agriculture received animal cruelty complaints from pet store employees.

One employee said Doyle performed eye surgery on a dog, which he was not licensed to do, causing severe bleeding. Another told investigators she was instructed to administer medications and shots she was not licensed to give, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Doyle is also accused of failing to give medical attention to at least two animals that were later euthanized, including a critically ill exotic kitten and a sick Shih Tzu puppy that was vomiting, coughing and having diarrhea.

He was charged with three counts of animal cruelty. Doyle was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Aug. 6.

Employees who answered the phone at American Breeders said no one was available to comment on the case Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.

The worker who spoke with NBC Connecticut on Thursday said both Doyle and Seton are still involved in the pet store and are innocent until proven guilty.

A woman who answered the phone at Doyle's home in New York on Wednesday did not comment on the case but took a message for Doyle, who did not return our calls.

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