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Former Yorktown Pet Store Owner Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

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Richard Doyle Credits: Police Photo
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Editor's Note: This article has been updated with conditions of Doyle's probation.

DANBURY, Conn. - Richard Doyle, who formerly owned and operated American Breeders in Yorktown, has plead 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.

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It appears as though Doyle, a 56-year-old Mahopac resident, 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.

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 also told Yorktown News in January that he was "not guilty of anything."

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