Duchess' owners arrested on charges unrelated to animal neglect

Couple arrested, dog seized, child in DCF custody

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The owners of a dog who were investigated earlier this week for animal neglect were arrested Thursday on unrelated charges.

On Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale police and Broward Animal Care and Control sent officers to a home on the 1600 block of Northeast 17th Avenue to investigate the health of Dutchess, a Doberman that was reported to be tethered outside and looked malnourished.

The story had gone viral and generated a tremendous amount of public outcry.

Despite the concerns of people sharing the picture on social media, police and animal control officers arrived to find the dog was doing fine and in the care of 22-year-old Sherene Walker.

On Wednesday officers returned and found the dog was still OK.

But after learning that Walker could be hiding D'Anthony Davis, a man facing several charges, police returned to the home Thursday.

Police found Davis, but not before they struggled with Walker.

Both Davis and Walker were arrested.

Walker's 1-year-old child was turned over to the Dept. of Children and Families and Duchess was taken to the Broward County animal shelter.

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