Amber leaves hospital for her new home


400-DAN-SORRELLS-AMBERJust one week after her former owner was taken to jail and charged with animal cruelty; Amber is leaving the veterinary hospital and finishes her recovery in a new home with her new family, the Sorrells.

On January 14, Deputy Dan Sorrells responded to a call, accompanied by St Johns County Animal Control officers, reporting that a neighbor witnessed a man attacking his dog the night before — stabbing the dog with a knife and slashing her throat before dragging the animal into the woods to die.

It took officers about 45 minutes to locate the dog in a grassy area near the home of 28-year old Randal B Hart at 8450 CR-13 North in St Johns County. The dog was in obvious distress, but still alive. The Animal Control Officer transported the dog to Atlantic Veterinarian Hospital for emergency surgery.

400-Randal-HartWhen Deputy Sorrells asked Hart why he stabbed his dog, Hart responded that the dog bit a kitten and needed to be “put down”. Following up on Hart’s statement, Sorrells was able to locate the kitten — it was playing with another dog on the property. No injuries to the kitten were observed.

Hart remains in custody as of this morning, charged with a third-degree felony, in lieu of $5000.00 bond. His court date has not yet been set.

In the meantime, Amber’s future safety is assured — Deputy Sorrells has paid the veterinarian’s bill out of his own pocket and his family has adopted Amber.