A man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly biting his Jack Russell terrier as punishment, and police say he used a 90-kilogram (200-pound) bull mastiff in an attempt to keep back officers who arrived to arrest him.
The mother of Mount Lee Lacy's girlfriend called police because she was concerned about an argument between him and her daughter about Lacy's unusual discipline method for his dog Lady. Officers kicked down the apartment door when they heard an argument and a barking dog. Lacy was holding the mastiff named Breaker on a taut leash 2 meters (6 feet) inside the door. The officers drew their guns but didn't fire.
Lacy, 21, was handcuffed and jailed Saturday on one count each of felony animal cruelty and resisting arrest without violence. He remained in the Alachua County Jail on $25,000 (euro18,775) bail Tuesday. It could not be determined Tuesday whether he had hired an attorney.