A Sanford man was jailed after he allegedly used his girlfriend’s small dog to beat her during a domestic dispute last week, police said.
Michael Wayne Jones, 42, was charged with domestic violence battery by strangulation, criminal mischief and tormenting an animal in the Sept. 13 attack.
According to a police report, Jones became angry when his live-in girlfriend came home with her daughter and one of them tried to smoke crack cocaine.
The victim told investigators Jones “freaked out” and said he was going to kill her dog.
She said Jones came out of the house and pulled the dog out of the vehicle, slamming the car door so hard it became stuck. The woman’s daughter also said Jones punched out the windshield.
The victim then said Jones grabbed the pup and began to swing it around, the report said.
She tried to grab the animal so it would not be injured, but Jones pushed her to the ground, the report noted. That’s when Jones, she said, struck her with the dog several times and began to choke her.
The report said at one point Jones let go of her girlfriend’s neck, jumped on his bicycle and fled the scene. He took the dog with him.
Officers found Jones soon after on his bike carrying the little dog and bleeding from his right hand. He denied causing any harm or injury to the canine and said he fled the scene for his safety.
Based on the statements from his girlfriend and other witnesses, police charged Jones as the aggressor in the conflict.
The report did not mention the name or breed of the dog involved or what injuries, if any, it sustained.
“I’ve never actually seen someone use a dog as a weapon before,” said Sanford Police Lt. Jim McAuliffe. “An owner will sic a dog on someone to bite them, but to use it as some sort of club device â€¦ I just don’t get that.”