- Florida, USA -
The Indian County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation into an anonymous tip about abandoned dogs led to the arrest of 64-year-old DAVID WAYNE YATES (pictured below), of the 300 block of Bridlewood Way in Fort Pierce.
According to the news release, the first call came in on April 9, when a very small crate was found full of puppies and small dogs.
The furbabies, Dachshunds, miniature Pinschers, Rat Terrier/Chihuahua-mix pups ranging in age from a few weeks to 2 years old, had been dumped on a dirt road near a canal on rural 25th Street Southwest, off 43rd Avenue Southwest, without food or water.
Animal Control picked up the furbabies and turned them over to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
Deputy Bobby Gage assumed the investigation of the case.
On April 15, a tipster said the crate was seen in a truck and at a home in Fort Pierce.
The following day, deputy Gage went to Fort Pierce and, with St. Lucie County’s deputy Bell’s help, tracked down security footage showing the truck with the crate in the back leaving a home.
Deputies interviewed family members of the truck owner and the homeowner.
Despite numerous lies and story-changes, the deputies were able to put together a case against YATES and ultimately get an arrest warrant issued.
YATES was arrested on April 26, on 26 counts of animal cruelty.
Sadly, two puppies have since died and deputy Gage said that YATES could expect more charges to be filed.
If that happens, the current misdemeanor charges could be upgraded to felonies for those two counts.
YATES will be transferred to the Indian River County Jail once he’s processed through the St. Lucie County Jail.
Online records show YATES is due in court in the morning of June 1, 2021.
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