Florida sheriff walked man to jail after he starved 2 dogs to death inside abandoned home


Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing animal abuse charges after investigators said he abandoned two dogs that died of starvation.

David Fritsch, 33, left two dogs locked in a master bedroom with no food for several weeks, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook Live post.

Ivey called it “one of the worst absolute cases of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen in my 40 years as a cop.”

According to the sheriff, the dogs ate chips of wood from furniture, plastic bottles, plastic bags, and band-aids in an attempt to stay alive.

“These poor animals were literally eating furniture and their own feces trying desperately to stay alive,” Ivey said.

Investigators were alerted to the situation in January when someone called about two dogs being abandoned in a home. Animal Services workers found the dogs dead in the home.

During the live video, the sheriff walked Fritsch into the jail.

“I guess you didn’t get the memo about don’t hurt animals.” the sheriff said.

Fritsch remained in the Brevard County Jail Wednesday. Jail records do not list a lawyer for him.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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