FSU running back Dalvin Cook was issued a citation for a violation of animal care after he allegedly left three dogs chained up by the neck outside, with two two-month old puppies choking.
The citation was issued July 31, 2014, by Tallahassee’s Animal Services, according to a document first obtained by Sports Illustrated.
All three dogs were less than a year old. A police officer was called to provide identification of the defendant. Cook was fined $275 for chaining the dogs in that manner and $275 for failing to provide shelter, according to the report.
This is the third incident Cook has been involved in since arriving in Tallahassee in January 2014.
Cook, 19, was recently arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery after he was accused of punching a woman in the face outside of a Tallahassee bar in June. Cook was indefinitely suspended by FSU after a charge was filed and a warrant was issued for his arrest last week.
The incident occurred the night before quarterback De’Andre Johnson allegedly punched a woman in the face at a separate bar. Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery. Video evidence obtained from security cameras at the bar was consistent with the allegation, eventually leading to his dismissal from the team.
FSU’s recent rash of off-field issues has sparked intense coverage from national and local media alike, and left administration searching for ways to better equip its athletes to stay out of compromising positions. FSU president John Thrasher said in a release last week that he required FSU coach Jimbo Fisher to immediately meet with his players and is beginning to conduct a plan to limit off-field legal issues. The plan, according to Thrasher, includes meeting with professionals, including state attorney Willie Meggs.
“The vast majority of our student-athletes are good students and positive role models who contribute to their university and their communities,”
Thrasher said in a statement last week. “It is unfortunate that the actions of a very few individuals are causing embarrassment to their teammates and this university.”
Cook was also previously charged with criminal mischief in Tallahassee following an incident in June 2014. He was one of several players involved in an alleged bb-gun shooting that caused property damage that exceeded $200 and was less than $1,000. Cook was given pre-trial intervention in December, which he completed last month, according to Fox Sports.
The incident along with failing to appear for a scheduled court date disqualified him from being given a civil citation or a notice to appear in court in connection with the latest misdemeanor battery charge.
As a juvenile, Cook was arrested and charged with robbery in 2009, according to files obtained through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Prosecutors opted to drop the case. Cook was also arrested and charged with firing a weapon and possessing a weapon at an event on school property in 2010, according to FDLE records. The third-degree felony charge was dropped or abandoned.