MANATEE -- A 41-year-old man was arrested on an animal cruelty charge after he tied his dog to a 30-pound dumbbell he tossed into the Manatee River, according to the Palmetto Police Department.
When an officer asked William Bell if he would like to be anchored to a dumbbell and left in the water like that, Bell said, "Hell no," a police report states.
Bell about 6 p.m. Monday had tied his 2-year-old dog to the dumbbell and "walked it into the water that was about 4 feet deep," the report states. "The defendant then set the weight in the water and left the dog to swim.
"The dog was unable to touch the ground and was not able to move the weight," the officer wrote. "When I arrived I could see only the nose of the dog out of the water."
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The officer asked Bell to get the dog and bring him to shore. Bell told the officer the dog had been swimming in place for about 15 minutes, according to the report.
Police on Wednesday said the dog was not harmed in the incident.
Bell was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty, and was released from the Manatee County jail Tuesday after he posted a $1,000 bond.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on May 27, according to court records.