Groomer Accused of Allowing Dog to Die of Heat Stroke Must be Prosecuted

Target: Dennis W. Ward, State Attorney for Monroe County, Florida

Goal: Demand the groomer who allegedly forced a dog to stay in direct sunlight, leading to the dog getting heat stroke and dying, receive the maximum penalty by law.

A dog suffered and died after she allegedly came down with heat stroke during an outdoor grooming session. The groomer reportedly claimed that she did not have shade in her yard due to Hurricane Irma. Demand justice for this poor dog.

When Mercy’s owners picked her up from a grooming session at Cynthia Hodakowski’s home, they were heartbroken by her condition. The six-year-old Airedale Terrier reportedly did not have the strength to stand or walk on her own. Per veterinarians, Mercy was suffering from a severe case of heat stroke, allegedly due to being groomed outside while wearing a muzzle. Mercy’s kidneys failed due to the heat stroke, veterinarians stated, and she had to be euthanized to ease her suffering.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office charged Hodakowski with one count of animal cruelty. She was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond. Sign below and demand that Hodakowski receive the maximum penalty by law, if convicted.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear State Attorney Ward,

A dog became fatally ill after she was allegedly groomed in direct sunlight while wearing a muzzle. The dog reportedly came down with heat stroke and had to be euthanized just days after the grooming session. We demand justice for this innocent dog.

Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office charged Cynthia Hodakowski with one count of animal cruelty after she allegedly groomed a dog in direct sunlight, leading to the dog’s death. Mercy, a six-year-old Airedale Terrier, reportedly suffered from kidney failure due to a severe case of heat stroke. Per veterinarians, the heat stroke occurred when Mercy was forced to stand in direct sunlight while wearing a muzzle during a grooming session. Hodakowski is currently residing at the Monroe County Dentention Center under a $25,000 bond.

This cruelty must be punished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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76 Comments

  1. Horrible! That psycho bitch needs to go to jail. Poor sweet Mercy. R.I.P.

  2. Dennis – Please prosecute Cynthia Hodakowsk to the fullest extent possible. This is surely a case of blatant apathy. This dog should still be alive and Cynthia needs to pay for her indifference. Please!

  3. Doug Armstrong says:

    HODAKOWSKI, CYNTHIA LYNN

    DoB:06/12/1961 Current Age:56 Sex:F Race:W

    Arrest Date: 08/01/2002 CAD #: Arrest #: MCSO02ARR007060 Offense #: MCSO02OFF8098
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: MM #30.05 BIG PINE KEY,
    Charges:
    1 Unknown Count(s) of 316.193.1A
    TRAFFIC OFFENSE DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
    Officer/Agency: 1216 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 02/04/2013 CAD #: MCSO13CAD017442 Arrest #: MCSO13ARR000704 Offense #: MCSO13OFF000921
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: 55 ST MARATHON, 232
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 810.09.2b
    FAIL TO LEAVE PROPERTY UPON ORDER BY OWNER
    Officer/Agency: 4113 – MCSO\SECT 4/5 “A” SHIFT SGT. COLEMAN Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 10/01/2013 CAD #: MCSO13CAD141006 Arrest #: MCSO13ARR005256 Offense #: MCSO13OFF007410
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: COUNTY RD BIG PINE KEY, 201
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 877.03
    BREACH OF THE PEACE
    Officer/Agency: 1114 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 11/25/2013 CAD #: MCSO13CAD168927 Arrest #: MCSO13ARR006365 Offense #: MCSO13OFF008817
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: OVERSEAS HWY MARATHON, 4555
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 856.011
    DISORDER INTOX PUBLIC PLACE CAUSE DISTURBANCE
    Officer/Agency: 5214 – MCSO\SECT 4/5 “A” SHIFT SGT. COLEMAN Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 12/14/2013 CAD #: MCSO Arrest #: MCSO13ARR006668 Offense #:
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: ,
    Charges:
    1 Unknown Count(s) of 948.06

    Officer/Agency: 1117 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $5000
    Arrest Date: 06/10/2014 CAD #: MCSO14CAD083159 Arrest #: MCSO14ARR003215 Offense #: MCSO14OFF004475
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: AVE A/30 MM GU BIG PINE KEY, 31109
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 856.011
    DISORDER INTOX PUBLIC PLACE CAUSE DISTURBANCE
    Officer/Agency: 1102 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 06/21/2014 CAD #: MCSO Arrest #: MCSO14ARR003418 Offense #:
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: OCEAN TERRACE MARATHON, 3981
    Charges:
    1 Unknown Count(s) of 948.06

    Officer/Agency: D618 – MCSO\KV CORRECTIONS Bond Amount: $1500
    Arrest Date: 07/09/2014 CAD #: MCSO14CAD097319 Arrest #: MCSO14ARR003766 Offense #: MCSO14OFF005269
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: COUNTY RD BIG PINE KEY, 201
    Charges:
    1 Felony Count(s) of 784.07.2b
    ON OFFICER FIREFIGHTER EMT ETC
    1 Felony Count(s) of 843.01
    WITH VIOLENCE
    Officer/Agency: 1212 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SGT CALHOUN SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 04/02/2016 CAD #: KWPD16OFF001371 Arrest #: MCSO16ARR001407 Offense #:
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: OUTER MOLE KEY WEST, 1
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 812.014.2e
    PETIT THEFT 1ST DEGREE 100 LESS 300 DOLS
    Officer/Agency: KWPD – KWPD Bond Amount: $0
    Arrest Date: 04/12/2018 CAD #: MCSO17CAD138215 Arrest #: MCSO18ARR001726 Offense #: MCSO17OFF007064
    Address:
    30958 NATHALIE RD/31 MM GU, BIG PINE KEY, FL 33043
    Occupation:
    OWNER in BIG PINEKEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY
    DOG GROOMING in BIG PINE KEY

    Arrest Location: NATHALIE RD BIG PINE, 30958
    Charges:
    1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 828.12.1
    TORMENT DEPRIVE MUTILATE KILL
    Officer/Agency: 1124 – MCSO\DIST 1 ROAD PATROL Bond Amount: $25000

    • I signed the petition. She must be a pretty bad person to have all this on her criminal record. She needs to go to prison for killing this poor dog. She should also never be allowed to own or be around an animal for the rest of her life.

  4. I simply cannot comprehend as to why petitions have to be signed to do what is right * We need to stand up & protect the helpless * People who are capable of such Evil Hateful acts * Let us not even think that there Hate/Evil acts stop there * At only hurting our precious helpless Animals * There cruelty extends outside that * We need to rid of people with such hate & evil inside of them * Do the harshest punishment possible & Lets wake up here * Stronger laws & punishments need to be made NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW . . . . . There are people in our society that have absolutely forfitted there right to live among us because of there own actions & there deciept

  5. that’s so sad it should never have happened

    I am so sad that someone intrust their babiesé pet with someone n hopes of making their pets comfortable clean beautiful and look at what happened

    who do you trust with animals
    she will never know remorse or any difference because she keeps repeating so prison for her never be around animals again. never

  6. Put the bitch groomer out in the heat to die of heatstroke!!!!!!

  7. another groomer story – are you kidding me – what is going on? These people must be held accountable – there are too many stories – this is torture – do you love dogs or what? any normal human being knows that dogs cool themselves by panting – groomer would have known that something was wrong – this dog would have struggled – this is INSANE – there’s more going on here – she left him tied up outside with the muzzle on punish severely –

  8. Simon Rimmer says:

    This pos should never be allowed near any animal ever again. Animal cruelty must become a death penalty crime!!!

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