‼️‼️‼️MichaelLeeBritton, 56, of #Ocala, already has been in jail for more than a year.
The man who threw an Australian shepherd into oncoming traffic in 2016, causing the dog to be hit twice by vehicles, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of animal cruelty, resisting an officer without violence and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Michael Lee Britton, 56, of Ocala, was sentenced to two years of probation. He has been in the Marion County Jail since Nov. 29, 2016, which counted toward his punishment.
The Australian shepherd, Bucky, suffered internal injuries, but no broken bones, according to a police report.
Bucky was removed from Britton’s custody in January. He was then adopted by Ocala Police officer Miguel Gauthier the same day. Gauthier had visited Bucky once a week since he was taken to the Marion County Animal Services shelter a day after the incident.
On Nov. 29, 2016, Ocala Police officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Southwest 24th Avenue. Several people pointed out Britton to officers and said he had thrown a dog into oncoming traffic.
One woman told officers she was driving south on Southwest 24th Avenue when she saw Britton holding the dog in his hands. She said he threw the dog toward her vehicle and the dog struck the front end. The right front tire of her car ran over the dog. Britton walked away at first, according to the report.
Another woman said she saw Britton grab the dog and throw it at her vehicle. She told police she could not avoid a collision and thought she ran over one of the dog’s legs. The dog got up and ran away, according to the report.
Britton, who was homeless at the time of the arrest, told police he was asleep in the woods, woke up and saw an arrow in the dog’s side. He said he did not want the dog to suffer so he decided to throw the animal at vehicles to kill it.
When officers found the dog there were no wounds on its body that would have been made with an arrow.
-Ocala.com credit @michsygold