Charlotte County man on trial for animal cruelty


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- A man is on trial for cruelty toward his dog, Cricket.

Authorities say the dog was so sick, she had to be euthanized. The owner, Ronald Rhinesmith, says he was simply letting nature take its course and couldn’t afford to take the dog to the vet.

Monday, jurors heard from the officer with Charlotte County Animal Services who removed the dog from the home as well as the veterinarian Cricket was brought to.

The trial reconvenes Tuesday.

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