MANATEE A 55-year-old Myakka City man has been charged with battery stemming from an argument with a neighbor over their pet dogs, authorities say.
Donald Horton, of the 14700 block of Mossy Hammock Lane, Myakka City, grabbed a neighbor by his T-shirt and pulled him, according to a Manatee County Sheriffs Office report.
The incident occurred at 8:51 p.m. Monday in the 14600 block of Mossy Hammock Lane, Myakka City, the report states.
The incident apparently began when one of Hortons neighbors went for a golf cart ride on Mossy Hammock Lane with his wife and dog, the report states.
Horton told deputies when the neighbors golf cart passed his house, his own dogs got loose and went after the neighbors dog on the golf cart.
The victim told deputies he drove the golf cart back to his house but Hortons dogs remained in pursuit and began to attack him at his driveway, according to the report.
The victim suffered dog bites on his right palm and left outer upper leg, the report states.
Horton told deputies he grabbed the victim is because he said he was going to kill my dogs, the report states.
My dogs are my family, Horton told deputies.
The report does not indicate if the victims dog was harmed by Hortons dogs.
Horton was arrested Monday and released from the Manatee County jail Tuesday after he posted a $500 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriffs Office jail website.