Sarasota man charged with pouring hot sauce on puppy

February 23, 2014 

SARASOTA — A Sarasota man is behind bars after his girlfriend told Sarasota police officers he poured hot sauce all over a 3-month old puppy named Gizmo.

At about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 3500 block of Old Bradenton Road to a report of animal cruelty When officers arrived, they met with the homeowner who told them her boyfriend, Ephrian Myles, 47, of 1511 31st St., Sarasota, poured hot sauce on her 3-month old dachshund/chihuahua mix, Gizmo.

The homeowner told officers Gizmo has a medical history of seizures. The puppy suffered a seizure and started making a yelping noise. According to the homeowner, Myles became annoyed with the yelping, grabbed Gizmo and opened a bottle of hot sauce and began to pour it all over Gizmo. The hot sauce covered the puppy’s body, got into his eyes and down his throat, police said.

The homeowner reportedly took the puppy to a nearby fire department for help. When police officers found the puppy, its eyes were swollen shut and he was having difficulty breathing.

The puppy went limp in the presence of the officers Jessica Sullivan and Adam Arena who immediately started washing off Gizmo with water and a towel. Gizmo was turned over to Animal Services and is expected to make a full recovery.

Officers made contact with Myles and observed a large amount of hot sauce on the floor. Myles told officers he had no idea what was going on and he had nothing to do with the puppy or the hot sauce.

Myles was placed under arrest, transported to the Sarasota County jail and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty. He is being held on $5,000 bond.

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