TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man has been arrested after investigators say a dog in his care was taken to the vet with a dislocated tail and injuries possibly caused by sexual abuse.
Matthew Manderfield was arrested on Monday for felony cruelty to animals.
A court document says that on April 7, the City of Tallahassee Animal Control got a phone call from a doctor at the Novey Animal Hospital in reference to an animal at their clinic that had injuries possibly caused by sexual abuse.
The doctor told investigators that the dog had been brought in with swelling and bruising in its inner left leg, trauma to the anus, and a tail that was completely dislocated from its spine.
The doctor advised investigators that the trauma seemed to be non-accidental and, while not official confirmed, they were not able to rule out sexual abuse as a cause of injuries to the dog.
The dog's tail was later amputated after being evaluated by another doctor.
When the woman who brought the dog in was asked if a person could've done this, the woman said that she and her boyfriend, Manderfield, were going through a breakup and that she had left her animals with him due to her living situation.
Once she heard that something was wrong with the dog through her friends, she went to get it from Manderfield's house.
When asked what happened, he told her that he hadn't noticed anything when he left the house around 8 p.m. but when he got home, noted that the dog was acting unusual.
The woman told investigators that Manderfield had been "extremely verbally abusive" in the relationship and that she had asked him several times if he would hurt her animals, which he denied profusely.
Due to the dog being in Manderfield's care at the time of the injuries and the nature of the injuries, he was arrested for felony cruelty to animals.
A warrant for his arrest was signed on June 29. He was arrested on Monday.
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