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Arrest made in Brooksville animal cruelty case

BROOKSVILLE – A Brooksville man was arrested Sunday in connection with an emaciated and wounded pit bull that was found last month locked in an outside storage facility beside a vacant house in Brooksville,

After the dog was found Aug. 13, Brooksville police issued an arrest warrant for Blake C. Worley, 22, of 807 Peach St.

The dog was badly cut and bleeding from apparent bite wounds and was so emaciated it could not even lift its head, and died later that same day.

Worley was seen by a Hernando County sheriff’s deputy Sunday in the area of Country Acres Loop and Peach Orchard Road in Brooksville, according to an arrest report. Worley’s identity was confirmed, and was arrested on one count of conserving animals to torment, deprive, mutilate, or kill, jail records show.

Worley is being held on $2,000 bond.

Brooksville police say an investigation revealed Worley admitted to locking the dog in the storage facility without water or medical care, which was a factor in the dog’s death.

Jail records show Worley was arrested January 2012 on charges of burglary and a non-moving traffic violation.

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