Woman arrested and charged with animal abuse at Plantation dog park – NBC 6 South Florida
Not all tails were wagging at Happy Tails Dog Park at Plantation.
Jhnelle Amiel, 32, was arrested around 7 p.m. Monday for tormenting her dog and giving a responding officer a false name, according to the police report.
Another woman at the dog park in the 6500 block of Southwest 16th Street recorded videos of Amiel repeatedly pushing the dog’s head into the ground as he cried and whined, police said.
The witness called 911 and when a police officer arrived, she showed him the videos, according to the report.
As the officer questioned Amiel, she was seen forcing the dog down on the ground. He was on a short leash tied to a chair and his gasping mouth was sometimes held shut by Amiel’s grip, the officer reported.
Amiel said she was training the dog, but the officer determined that the dog appeared tormented and in pain and was not behaving in a manner that required discipline.
When asked her name, Amiel told the officer she was Rebeca Thomas from Georgia. A records check revealed his true identity and a Plantation address, according to the report.
Before her arrest, Amiel telephoned her husband, who showed up at the park to bring the dog home. He appeared surprised at what allegedly happened and appeared disappointed with his wife when told why she was being arrested, police said.
Amiel was taken to Broward County Jail on Monday night for animal abuse and giving a false identity to police, but she was later released on bail, records show.