Dispute over dogs leads to arrest in Myakka City

December 4, 2013 

Horton

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 Sheriff’s 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 Horton’s neighbors went for a golf cart ride on Mossy Hammock Lane with his wife and dog, the report states.

Horton told deputies when the neighbor’s golf cart passed his house, his own dogs got loose and went after the neighbor’s dog on the golf cart.

The victim told deputies he drove the golf cart back to his house but Horton’s 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 victim’s dog was harmed by Horton’s dogs.

Horton was arrested Monday and released from the Manatee County jail Tuesday after he posted a $500 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office jail website.

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