Man arrested in connection with fatal dog shooting in kennel of Davie Veterinary Hospital – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said they had arrested a man in connection with the case shoot a dog inside a locked kennel at a veterinary clinic in Davie.
Davie Police confirmed Chayse Billie, 21, was arrested on Tuesday.
7News cameras captured the suspect in handcuffs shortly after she arrived at the Broward County Jail.
Surveillance video shows the shooting taking place at the Aycock Veterinary Clinic, located along the 5400 block of Stirling Road, at around 6am on Friday.
The dog’s owner, Daniel Perez, said the gunman opened fire several times.
“There were seven photos in total and just walked out, like nothing happened,” he said.
Tuesday night, Perez reacted to the news of Billie’s arrest.
“I’m glad he’s been arrested and he’s not going to hurt anyone else,” he said.
Perez, an emergency medical technician with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and a major sergeant in the US Army Reserve, said he would release Matilda, his Labrador pointer mix, before work.
Perez said Matilda is not only a best friend and loyal companion, but also a therapy dog, even if she has never been formally trained.
“Nothing will ever replace her. She [had] an impact in my life,” he said.
Perez said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to his experiences in combat during tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Matilda did what his Department of Veterans Affairs doctors failed to do.
“When I came back from my last deployment, I was very disappointed,” he said. “She knows when I’m down. She knows when I’m depressed. She forces me to pet her, and I don’t know, I’ll pet her, and then I calm down, I’ll be fine. ”
Perez says he’s filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, he is still mourning the loss of his dog; on the other hand, he was grateful to the person in charge who was out on the street.
“He could have done this, or he was going to do it again,” he said. “It’s very cold and very formal.”
Perez had some words for the suspect.
“I’m glad you were arrested. Obviously you have some serious problems, but you have to pay the price for what you did. You need to pay,” he said.
On Tuesday, police issued a “Watch” order to the gunman. Hours later, they said, he was arrested with the assistance of Seminole Police.
Perez said he had never met Billie before and had no idea who he was.
Billie faces one felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty.
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