Man Arrested in Burning of Dog Named "Courage": Police

Witvil Florvil, 29, has been charged with felony animal cruelty, police said

By Edward B. Colby
|  Saturday, Aug 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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    A dog is recovering after he was badly burned. Now, authorities are asking what happened to that dog, recently named "Courage." Kathy Labrada with Miami-Dade Animal Services talks to NBC 6.

    North Miami Dog With "Courage" Recovering From Burning

    A Boxer named Courage is recovering at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter after he was badly burned on his back. Kathy Labrada and Chief Veterinarian Dr. Maria Serrano of the shelter and Sarah Leddick, who rescued the dog, talk about him.
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    North Miami Police said they arrested a 29-year-old man who badly burned the dog named “Courage.”

    Witvil Florvil was arrested by North Miami detectives Friday and booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail overnight Saturday on a charge of felony animal cruelty, police said.

    Florvil is being held on $5,000 bond, according to online Miami-Dade Corrections records. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

    The Boxer dog was found at a home at 1315 NW 127th St. in North Miami with burns across his back on July 10, according to police. They said that is Witvil’s address.

    However, authorities previously identified the dog’s owner as Edianise St. Fleur and said she was cited for animal cruelty.

    The 1-year-old dog was given the name Courage when he arrived at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter.

    He is currently recovering at Noah’s Ark’s Animal Rescue in South Carolina, police said.

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