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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