According to the police report, the 6-foot-2 Conner, 69, pepper sprayed his neighbor’s two miniature dogs – a dachshund and a Maltese – across the back fence of his yard.
The reason? They were barking. Or so he tells cops.
Still, Connor was hauled off to the slammer Feb. 18 and released on his own recognizance after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
Connor is a partner in the chi-chi downtown Miami lawfirm of Hunton & Williams and considered one of the top labor lawyers in South Florida.
And if his dog-loving neighbor in Coral Gables is right, he also torments canines.
“He has sprayed water on my dogs before,” said Andrea Lopez, owner of Zeus the Maltese, 10 pounds, and Louis, the overweight dachshund. Lopez, a University of Miami law student, said she didn’t know why her pooches started running and squealing uncontrollably that morning. She managed to catch them and noticed they were foaming at the mouth and wouldn’t open their eyes.
“I thought the dogs had gotten near a toad. I didn’t even take the time to take off my PJs,” she said. “I rushed them to the vet. That’s where they told me that it was pepper spray.”
The dogs recovered but weren’t their playful selves for days, Lopez said.
When she returned from the vet, Lopez confronted Connor. He allegedly admitted to pepper-spraying them. And he peppered Lopez with an impressive array of F-bombs, too, along with the classic: “Do you know who I am?”
When cops arrived, they described Connor as belligerent.
“(Police) don’t ever f . . . . . g do anything about the dogs barking,” Connor reportedly told them.
When reached in his office, Connor declined comment.
The lawyer’s lawyer didn’t return calls.
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