Ocala man sentenced to probation for tossing dog into traffic

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In Ocala, Florida, the owner of an Australian shepherd has been sentenced to two years of probation for tossing his dog into traffic. On Wednesday, Michael Lee Briton, 56, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, resisting an officer without violence and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

According to the Ocala Star-Banner, Briton has been in jail since his arrest in November 2016. His incarceration counted towards the time served when sentenced.

On November 26, the Ocala police were summoned to Southwest 24th Avenue where witnesses saw Britton throw the dog into traffic. The dog landed in front of a woman’s vehicle after striking the front end as the front tire ran over the dog. Britton was then seen walking away. When apprehended, Briton, homeless at the time, told authorities he threw his dog into traffic because when he woke up in the morning, the dog had been pierced with an arrow and he didn’t want the dog to suffer. A veterinarian examination showed no signs of an arrow injury.

The dog named Bucky suffered internal injuries, but has since recovered. He was later adopted by Officer Miquel Gauthier who visited the dog everyday at the shelter.

Live a long and happy life Bucky.

(Photos of man tossing dog into road and dog via Marion County Jail and Ocala Star-Banner screenshot)

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10 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    2 years PROBATION??????? Is that a sentence the judge can live with? The man is crazy and needs to be put away! I wonder when this man is going to do something to a human? Shame on you judge!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    Well with any luck this ” Putrid Riff-Raff” will meet up with his maker prior to hurting another innocent animal and the Judge that gave him probation will smother from their head being stuck in a very dark crevice instead of taking the job the people elected him/her to do in a professional fashion and with concerns for other citizens and animals that apparently this ‘tweeker” may not take a liking to, or while in one of his euphoric stages!!!

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    Another “tweeker” and a public elected official that is non -vesting in doing the job he/she was voted in by the citizens to do. This judge didn’t care about the at risk animals or citizens that could garner the “wrath ” of this criminal minded person now running round in the community to harm the innocent again and again!!!

  4. Cynthia Como says:

    I say he got no meaningful punishment….as usual! Time served for this homeless POS was a roof over his head,showers and three meals a day which was more than he had living on the streets! So grateful this precious fur baby now has a loving home!

  5. Stephen Phillips says:

    We need to publicly shame and humiliate that jurist who COMPLETELY FAILED to mete out ANYTHING even remotely resembling “punishment”!
    Thank GOD that sweet pup survived!

  6. michelle taylor says:

    The so called judge must be corrupt i.e he must be a friend or related to this ugly,pocked faced dog abusing POS. Hand this attempted dog murdering bastard over to me, as I am ready,willing and able to help enforce the required permanent penalty on this bastard.

  7. Theresa says:

    He looks like a fucking psycho hopefully he will piss somebody off on the streets and they will kill him sorry I have no sympathy for animal abusers

  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    Thanks Judge – you did the usual – NOTHING! Basically this homeless hunk of garbage was fed and sheltered for over a year and then given a slap on the wrist for almost killing an innocent dog. Apparently Ocala, Fla. has very low standards for sitting judges. Do you actually think Michael Briton will ever show up for probation??? No way, this useless hunk of shit will disappear and get away scot free thanks to a frigging imbecile judge who needs their name publicized so all can see what a fool sits on the bench. The ONLY good thing to come out of this is that Bucky was adopted by officer Gauthier – hopefully, Michael Briton is not so lucky.

  9. Alan says:

    The guy is homeless, so why not toss him in jail-he’ll probably be better off and won’t be able to harm any other creature. Blessings upon the recovered doggie and Officer Miquel Gautier for giving this doggie a loving home. Merry Christmas to them both.


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