Law & Justice

Mahopac Resident Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

Richard Doyle

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Richard Doyle, the Mahopac resident who formerly owned and operated American Breeders in Yorktown, has pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty.

According to records on the State of Connecticut’s website, Doyle plead guilty to the misdemeanor charges on Friday, Dec. 2 in Danbury Superior Court. Doyle also owned pet stores in Wappingers Falls, Mamaroneck and Danbury.

It appears as though Doyle, 56, will avoid jail time, but will serve three years of probation with “special conditions.” A clerk at Danbury Superior Court told Yorktown News that as part of his probation, Doyle must have no affiliation with a pet store or animal rescue shelter. He was also required to make a $5,000 donation to Second Chance Rescue by Dec. 15.

Sign Up for E-News

Doyle’s five charges stem from two separate arrests by the Danbury Police Department: four charges in July 2015 and one charge in April. In the April arrest, Doyle was accused of “maliciously and intentionally torturing and causing wounds” to a St. Bernard puppy in an attempt to drain a cyst from the dog’s elbow.

In the July arrest, he was accused of illegally performing a surgical procedure on a Neapolitan mastiff’s inner eyelid. The dog suffered severe bleeding and was eventually euthanized. Doyle was also accused of failing to properly provide veterinary care for an ill Shih-Tzu puppy and an ill exotic kitten—both animals had to be euthanized.

Facing backlash and additional allegations of abuse, Doyle closed his Yorktown pet shop in May.

“I’m done with it,” Doyle told Yorktown News at the time. “I can’t wake up every day and have people bothering me.” He told Yorktown News in January that he was “not guilty of anything.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

Cuomo's Real Fiscal Record

Since Gov. Cuomo has been in charge, 194,000 people have moved out of the 50 counties north of us. Even though we are being told that unemployment upstate has dropped, it is NOT because more people are finding work; it is because they have stopped looking for work, according to studies. So, as on the national level, they are not counted. The governor has touted that the real truth is unemployment ...

Unfit to Govern

If my father were alive today, just the mention of the current Republican Party and Donald Trump would leave him utterly disgusted.  A truck driver and union man (with a charitable soul), he was a progressive for more than 50 years before that term became fashionable.  He believed that the purpose of government was to make life for its citizens better, not harder; and that the power of ...

Who Are the Real Robots?

What is the meaning of life?

Search me, but where cosmic queries are concerned, here’s a new one: If humans are becoming as easily manipulated by digital impulses as are robots, is that a form of evolution or devolution?

We marvel at the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) as if it’s right around the corner. It’s not. It’s here, painting each of us into a corner of ...

Sleeping with the Enemy

Whenever my husband goes out of town, I cheat. I figure, what he doesn’t know, won’t hurt him, and since there’s no way for him to find out that I cheated, why not have some fun while he’s out of town?

Do I feel guilty about this? Maybe a bit. But only because I know that my indiscretions may eventually catch up with me in the end. You see, I don’t just have one ...