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Puppy Recovers From Cruelty

Police say a 3-month old puppy is recovering and has found a new home after his owner's boyfriend poured hot sauce over his whole body, covering his eyes and seeping down his throat.

At about 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning, officers responded to the home in reference to animal cruelty.  When officers arrived, they met with the homeowner who told them her boyfriend, Ephrian Myles, 47, poured hot sauce all over the Dachshund/Chihuahua mix

According to the Sarasota police report the puppy, named Gizmo, suffered a seizure before the homeowner was able to get him to a nearby fire department for help. By the time they had reached the fire department Gizmo's eyes had swollen shut and he began to have difficulty breathing. He went limp in the presence of the officers and they began to wash the small dog. He was turned over to Animal services.

Officers made contact with Myles and observed a large amount of hot sauce on the floor.  Myles "told officers he had no idea what was going on and that he had nothing to do with the puppy or the hot sauce," according to the police report. He was placed under arrest and has been charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty.

On Friday the Bay Road Animal Hospital, which took custody of the pup, said;

"He has made such a speedy recovery that we are happy to announce he has found a new home. We feel confident that his new parents will be able to provide excellent care and love for Gizmo, as we have known them for over 30 years. We realize many people have offered to adopt him, but unfortunately he can only have one new home. He will finish his recovery here and likely go home within the next week or two. We will keep everyone updated on his progress and are excited for Gizmo and his new life with a great family!"