New Smyrna Beach man arrested after machete attacking dog

A man has been arrested for animal cruelty after attacking a dog with a machete. Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a house in the 1900 block of Jungle Road on July 9. The dog’s owner told investigators that Richard K. Nelson, 46, attacked his dog with a machete without provocation when she let the dog out into the backyard. Nelson told authorities the dog attacked him and that he was defending himself. The next day, Volusia County Animal Control provided authorities with surveillance video that refuted Nelson’s claim. MPs said the video showed the dog running around the yard and growling as it passed Nelson. Nelson then ran after the dog, threw something at it, then started hitting it. Authorities could not locate Nelson, who is passing through, until the morning of July 16, when he was spotted by an off-duty Edgewater police officer. Nelson is charged with animal cruelty and providing false information to a law enforcement officer. He made his first appearance on Saturday and was released from prison. After the attack, animal control transported the dog for treatment. He was able to walk shortly after the incident.

A man has been arrested for animal cruelty after attacking a dog with a machete.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a house in the 1900 block of Jungle Road on July 9. The dog’s owner told investigators that Richard K. Nelson, 46, attacked his dog with a machete without provocation when she let the dog out into the yard.

Nelson told authorities the dog attacked him and that he was defending himself.

The next day, Volusia County Animal Control provided officials with surveillance video that refuted Nelson’s claim. MPs said the video showed the dog running around the yard and growling as it passed Nelson. Nelson then ran after the dog, threw something at it, then started hitting it.

Authorities could not locate Nelson, who is passing through, until the morning of July 16, when he was spotted by an off-duty Edgewater police officer.

Nelson is charged with animal cruelty and providing false information to a law enforcement officer. He made his first appearance on Saturday and was released from prison.

After the attack, animal control transported the dog for treatment. He was able to walk shortly after the incident.

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