Florida man charged with throwing dog into traffic

Michael Lee Britton, 55, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence after police say he threw a dog into traffic. (Photo credit: NBCmiami.com)
Michael Lee Britton, 55, was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence after police say he threw a dog into traffic. (Photo credit: NBCmiami.com)

OCALA, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a north Florida man is facing charges after throwing his dog into traffic.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that 55-year-old Michael Lee Britton was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

Police responded after a woman called to report that a man had thrown a dog at her moving car. Britton told the Star-Banner that he did it because the dog had been pierced by an arrow. Police found no such wound.

Humane Society of Marion County volunteer Brenda Hall says the Australian shepherd has no broken bones, but he does have fluids in his abdomen, which suggest he might have internal bleeding.

Britton was being held on $4,000 bail.