The veterinarian said the dog also had bruises on his head and two broken teeth in his mouth — all injuries the veterinarian attributed to abuse. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officer Adam Moulton in his report said that most puppy owners understand that accidents are just part of the house-training process.
“When a puppy urinates on the floor most reasonable people would clean the floor and continue trying to potty-train their animal,” he wrote. “Kevin Braganca instead opted to physically beat his puppy until he lacerated its liver.”
As part of the plea agreement between Assistant State Attorney Judith Arco and defense attorney Douglas Rudman, Palm Beach Circuit Judge Charles Burton agreed Thursday to withhold a finding a guilt against Braganca on the felony cruelty to animals charge. The 30-day jail sentence will be followed by three years of probation, but the first year will be on house arrest, Burton ruled as part of the agreement.
Braganca under the terms of the agreement will also never be allowed to own an animal again, and probation officers will have the right to make unannounced checks at his home to see whether he has any animals there. He will also have to undergo a psychological evaluation within a month of his release from jail and will be required to complete any recommended treatment.