A Florida man faces animal cruelty and other charges after investigators said he attacked and seriously injured a dog with a machete.
An affidavit from a Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy says Richard Nelson, 46, injured the dog in a confrontation earlier this month outside a New Smyrna Beach home. Nelson is also accused of falsely telling MPs that he acted in self-defense when the dog first attacked him.
Nelson was arrested Friday and released on bail the next day, court records show. No lawyer is listed to speak on behalf of Nelson, who authorities say has no fixed address.
According to the affidavit, Nelson and the dog have had problems in the past. Initially, Nelson told investigators the dog rushed at him without provocation and bit him, which caused him to use the machete.
Video evidence, however, showed Nelson aggressively stood up as the dog approached, hitting the dog several times with the machete as he chased the animal into the yard, the affidavit states.
“At no time during this altercation between the dog and Nelson did Nelson ever attempt to retreat to a safe place,” the affidavit states. “Instead, he continually walks towards the dog.”
The dog was recovering from veterinary treatment, officials said.