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Groomer Arrested After Video Captures Him Breaking A Service Dog's Tail

WARNING: This article contains details and video of animal cruelty.

A dog groomer has been arrested after the moment he brutally broke a dog's tail was caught on camera.

James Cordell Doughy Suthann from Florida, USA appeared to be frustrated with the eight-year-old German Shepherd who wouldn't stand still during his shower.

CCTV footage from the salon where Suthann worked shows him forcefully restraining the dog by the trail, pulling him into the centre of the shower area.

The dog tried to wriggle free of Suthann's grip multiple times.

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Suthann forcefully pulled the dog backwards. Image: Brevard County Sheriff

The force of Suthann's backward pull eventually broke the dog's tail. Later, the animal had to undergo emergency surgery to have it amputated.

During the video, another employee from the salon came into the room and watched as Suthann tried to restrain the animal.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted on Facebook, outlining his outrage at the incident and confirming he personally walked Suthann to jail.

"IF YOU HURT AN ANIMAL IN BREVARD COUNTY I WILL PERSONALLY WALK YOU INTO OUR JAIL AND SLAM THE DOOR BEHIND YOU!," Ivey wrote.

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During the video, another employee entered the room. Image: Brevard County Sheriff

"The entire incident is captured on video and at one point you see Suthann cinch the pets head down so tight that the dog could no longer move and was obviously in pain."

Ivey also said the video was so graphic, the Sheriff's office decided not to post it on Facebook.

"It is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to watch in my 39 years of Law Enforcement because of the horrific and cruel way the pet was treated," Ivey said.

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Suthann was walked to jail, as the dog had his tail amputated. Image: Facebook/Brevard County Sheriff

The dog is owned by a disabled war veteran who relies on his dog for company and assistance when going about daily activities.

The bond for Suthann was set at $2,000 (AUD $2818) and Ivey's message was clear to anyone who is violent to animals.

"If you harm an animal in Brevard County we will take your butt straight to jail!!"

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