EDITOR'S NOTE: The Florida State Attorney's Office has confirmed that charges against Morgen Dallon Ingerson were dropped soon after his 2010 arrest, before the case was seen by a judge.
The Georgia man who brought a severed puppy head into Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services office July 6 after it had snapped at his 2-year-old daughter may have thought it had rabies.
But tests on the remains turned up negative, according to Scott Trebatoski, chief of animal care for the city. Trebatoski said he thought the chances were "pretty slim" that a dog as young as that one - about six months - would have rabies.
Morgen Dallon Ingerson, 31, of Athens was arrested that day and charged with cruelty to animals.
He, his wife and daughter were visiting family in the 2300 block of Tyson Lake Drive for the Fourth of July holidays when a Corgi/Jack Russell terrier mix puppy began snarling and snapping at the child, he told police in the arrest report.
The puppy, about 15 to 20 pounds, had been a stray picked up by Ingerson's mother-in-law. Ingerson said he "needed to protect his daughter" and tried to call animal care for help, but it was closed for the holiday, according to the police report.
The dog was hit it in the head with a shovel, its head was cut off, skin taken off and eyes removed before it was taken to animal care, according to the police report.