Man charged with beating Manatee deputy's police dog

October 22, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 49-year-old Bradenton man has been charged with punching a police dog while deputies were trying to arrest him early Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were looking Richard Botek after his roommate reported at about 2:10 a.m. that he had assaulted him at their residence in the 2100 block of 26th Avenue East, Bradenton, according to a news release.

Botek had fled on foot so responding deputies set up a perimeter and search for him.

A deputy and his K9 found Botek sleeping in a chair concealed under some palm fronds. When the dog grabbed Botek's right lower leg, Botek punched him several times, before deputies arrested him, according to the report.

Botek suffered several puncture wounds and minor cuts to his leg and left wrist, and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The dog "did not appear to have suffered any injuries during the incident."

Botek faces charges of aggravated assault, battery and touching/harming a police dog. He is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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