JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was arrested Monday after removing a tether from a "fighting dog" and telling an animal control officer called to investigate, "Once I let go, she's going to attack," according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Timothy Edward Andrews, 20, is charged with animal cruelty and aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony.
According to the arrest report, an animal control officer told Andrews that she was going to take his dogs into custody. Andrews yelled at the officer, saying he would not allow it and that would remove the "fighting dog" from its tether, the report said.
Andrews said to the officer, "Once I let go, she's going to attack," and the officer retreated to her vehicle in fear of her safety, the report said.
Investigators said there was another dog in Andrews' care, not involved in the assault, which had been tethered to a truck, severely malnourished, had scabs all over her body and was limping from an injury to her leg, which had not been treated. The dog had no shelter in the summer heat and no water or food in sight, police said.
An animal control officer, who's an animal cruelty specialist, said the dog appeared to be suffering from lack of proper sustenance or veterinary care.
Andrews denied neglecting the other dog, police said. He was arrested and booked into the Duval County Jail.