You may have read about this already..Sophie’s vet bills are already at $1200.00, and her owner is missing work to care for her. Please help if you can..for our fur babies! The perpetrator of this unprovoked and vicious attack is still in custody.
ORMOND BEACH TRANSIENT ARRESTED FOR FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY BY PORT HUENEME POLICE
On Friday, August 9th, at approximately 1357 hours, officers from the Port Hueneme Police Department responded to the area of the 500 Block of East Surfside Drive regarding a subject disturbing. The subject was also reported to be involved in an altercation with Port Hueneme Lifeguards. This area is a beach parking lot on the east end of the waterfront identified as Parking Lot C.
On arrival, officers observed the subject, identified as Dylan McTaggert, throwing punches at one of the Port Hueneme Lifeguards. Upon seeing the police officers, suspect McTaggert fled on foot but was quickly apprehended after a short foot pursuit. During the investigation, it was revealed the suspect approached the victim and her small breed dog from behind along the beach, and without provocation, kicked the dog approximately 15 feet into the air. The dog went into shock and was rendered unconscious. Port Hueneme Lifeguards attempted to intervene while the police were contacted. The small dog, known as Sophie, was kicked with so much force, she was diagnosed with having a collapsed lung and displaced heart.
Suspect McTaggert is an Oxnard transient residing along the illegal encampments on Ormond Beach. He has been contacted numerous times by Port Hueneme Police for disturbing beach goers on Hueneme Beach. A records check revealed that he is a 290 registrant and on probation for assaulting officers and shoplifting.
McTaggert was booked and later transported to the Ventura County Jail for fighting in public, assault on a lifeguard, and felony animal cruelty. He is currently scheduled for arraignment tomorrow at the Ventura County Government Center where he is being held in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Sophie is currently resting at home and is being cared for by her owner. Anyone who may have witnessed the event, please don’t hesitate to contact the Port Hueneme Police Department.
Moving forward, the Port Hueneme Police Department will have an officer assigned to specifically patrol the beach area and to proactively contact individuals violating local, state, and federal laws. Calls for service involving transients disturbing at the beach and citywide have doubled from the previous year.