MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. – The Mahopac man facing charges of animal abuse is closing the last of his three pet stores, according to multiple media reports.
Richard Doyle will shut the American Breeders shop on East Main Street in Mohegan Lake, according to a report by News12 .
He had already been forced to close his shops in Danbury, Conn., and Wappingers Falls.
Doyle, 56, has been arrested three times since last year. The latest charges of animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license involve a St. Bernard puppy which authorities said "tortured” while attempting to drain a cyst.
Doyle was first arrested in July 2015 and charged with animal cruelty.
According to an investigation conducted by state animal control officers, Doyle performed a surgical procedure on the eye of a Neapolitan mastiff, which he was not authorized to do.
He also confined a sick kitten and did not provide it veterinary care, police said.
Police said he also did not provide care for a sick shih-tzu puppy.
Both the kitten and the puppy had to be euthanized.
State Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown,made a formal request to the state commissioner of agriculture and markets in April to suspend Doyle’s license “until the legal process concludes any wrongdoing.”
He also called for regular inspections of Doyle’s Mohegan Lake store and for his license to be revoked if he is found guilty of the animal cruelty charges.
Murphy was busy in Albany on Tuesday, but a spokesman from his Yorktown office said of Doyle, “if you abuse animals, you suffer the consequences.”
According to a report by tapinto.net, Doyle categorically denies all the allegations and says he has been harassed by protesters in front of his store, at home, and through social media.
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