Man threw dog in front of several moving vehicles

animal abuse, animal cruelty, ocala news, ocala post,
Michael Britton

[Last updated on November 30, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.]

UPDATE – Nov. 30, 1:36 a.m.

The dog was located and is currently being treated at UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala.

Ocala Post spoke with UF, however, citing confidentiality laws they refused to provide any information about the dog’s condition.

UPDATE – Nov. 30, 2:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Humane Society of Marion County said that the dog, whose name is Yoshi, is in stable condition.

OPD officials said that Officer Brendan Ferguson plans to adopt Yoshi. Ferguson is also the same officer who found the dog.

Original story

Ocala, Florida — The search is on for an injured dog after a man threw it in front of several moving vehicles Tuesday evening.

Fran Ann says she was near the Wal-Mart on Easy Street when she made a left-hand turn onto the road that runs between Grand Reserve and Wal-Mart.

She said when she made the turn, a man stepped out of the darkness and threw a dog in front of her car. She said it was apparent that the man was trying to kill the dog.

Ann said, “I know I hit the dog, but it was still alive.”

She said she turned her vehicle around and returned to the scene, but the man had already retrieved the dog from the street.

“He kept trying to throw the dog in front of other oncoming cars,” Ann said. She went on to say, “This has to be one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced.”

A short time later, Ocala police arrived and arrested Michael Britton, 55.

Britton was uncooperative and fought with police officers as they attempted to arrest him.

Britton was charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest.

Britton has previous arrests for Battery (x2), Violation of Probation (x2), and Domestic Battery.

The dog was hit by at least one other vehicle, but was able to wander from the scene.

The dog is described as a gray and white collie-type dog with long fur. The dog weighs approximately 30 pounds. It also had a blue leash attached to its collar.

It was last seen in the 2800 block of Southwest 24th Avenue.

If you see this dog, please call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP,  or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP.  Tipsters can also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.



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  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    baseball bat comes to mind…

  • Rogerthat

    This is not a man but something subhuman. When will the penalty/punishment for this kind of abuse going to be more severe?

  • keith

    We have confidentiality laws for animals? Can’t even release info to someone with press credentials? Wow. Did someone along the way get offended and have to get nannied. Strap on a set, America

    • OPTIMUS CRIME

      Lol, like the dog is gonna sue for having it’s medical info revealed lol.

  • Zachary B Wyse

    When did HIPPA start protecting Dog’s?

  • ACE

    Lets hope that they soon find this piece of Trash and euthanize him-no that’s too kind-just bump him off by driving over him.–several times, slowly ,in not too heavy vehicles! Scum!
    Blessings upon Officer Brendan Ferguson who wants to adopt the little doggie.

    • Tax Watcher

      Thank you office Brendan Ferguson. Blessing to you.

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  • Tax Watcher

    In reviewing a case in Marion County… This was an email place by the sister of Judge Tommy I hope the dog mentioned in this email below is safe.

    From:Mary Sawaya
    Sent: 05/03/2007 9:18 PM
    Subject: updates
    Wow, hard to believe Mr. R called you. Make sure you tell him you want him to call Howard in your behalf.
    Is your son feeling better now?
    I guess the next 2 weeks will be “run around” and it’s already starting……even during the weekends as kids have stuff they have to go to, espec my daugher who will be teaching swimming soon, has to go to overview and planning sessions this weekend.
    To top it off, my husband found this little tiny shitzu type dog on the streets today near Ft King intersection where the driver’s license place is located. He said cars were about to hit the dog so he stopped and picked it up. Needless to say, it is lost and looks like it had been running for a few days. So what does he do? Brings it home and got attached to it. My 2 big dogs wanted to attack it since they probably thought it was a squirrel (same size) ha…..
    Now I’m stuck with another mouth to feed…….even though it is mouse portions…..hope my dogs don’t eat it..

    • keith

      psst that was 9 years ago, dog is dead

      • Tax Watcher

        Dear Keith. Point well taken but it goes to the character if a person who seeks harm on an animal, studies show that then Humans are next on the criminal profile.Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime | Companion …
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        Do Mass Killers Start Out by Harming Pets? | Psychology Today
        https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/…/do-mass-killers-start-out-harming-pets
        Feb 20, 2013 – While there are no easy answers, animal abuse may be an important … a serial killer accused of 35 deaths, all recounted animal torture as their …
        Macdonald triad – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macdonald_triad
        Studies have found that those who engaged in childhood acts of cruelty to animals used the same method of killing on their human victims as they did on their …
        The Link: Cruelty to Animals and Violence Towards People | Animal …
        https://www.animallaw.info/article/link-cruelty-animals-and-violence-towards-people
        [9] John Locke once wrote of children that “…tormenting and killing…beasts, will, … between animal abuse and violence towards people is supported by studies, … that most mass murderers and serial killers are likely to have animal cruelty in …
        [PDF]Childhood Animal Abuse and Violent Criminal Behavior: A … – Mass.Gov
        http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/doc/research…/summaryofanimalabuseliteraturefinal.pdf
        Oct 17, 2011 – originally thought and triad research opened the way for the study of cruelty to … of offenses or offenders such as sex crimes, serial killers, the newer … “Murderers…very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.

      • Tax Watcher

        Goes to the character of the individual…. Studies show….
        Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime | Companion …
        http://www.peta.org › Issues › Companion Animals
        “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says … Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have … cruelty to animals is a red flag in the backgrounds of serial killers and rapists.
        Do Mass Killers Start Out by Harming Pets? | Psychology Today
        https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/…/do-mass-killers-start-out-harming-pets
        Feb 20, 2013 – While there are no easy answers, animal abuse may be an important … a serial killer accused of 35 deaths, all recounted animal torture as their …
        Macdonald triad – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macdonald_triad
        Studies have found that those who engaged in childhood acts of cruelty to animals used the same method of killing on their human victims as they did on their …
        The Link: Cruelty to Animals and Violence Towards People | Animal …
        https://www.animallaw.info/article/link-cruelty-animals-and-violence-towards-people
        [9] John Locke once wrote of children that “…tormenting and killing…beasts, will, … between animal abuse and violence towards people is supported by studies, … that most mass murderers and serial killers are likely to have animal cruelty in …
        [PDF]Childhood Animal Abuse and Violent Criminal Behavior: A … – Mass.Gov
        http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/doc/research…/summaryofanimalabuseliteraturefinal.pdf
        Oct 17, 2011 – originally thought and triad research opened the way for the study of cruelty to … of offenses or offenders such as sex crimes, serial killers, the newer … “Murderers…very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.

      • Tax Watcher

        Psst, This individual, Mary Sawaya is a convicted Felon. Her Judge Brother covered for her in the Federal Court so she didn’t serve time for her conviction. Are you one of her boyfriends? In Deposition, Principal Raymond stated in reference to her. And does he have pet names for you Yes Ma’am does she have more than 1 pet name for you? Yes Ma’am. Referring to her relationship on school board email. She showed very evil intent to others it is just one example of her behavior. While having sweet names for this principal Mary Sawaya spent over $20,000 to her divorce attorney Mr. Fuller.

        • Tax Watcher

          Attorney Fuller categorizes our honorably discharge veterans in his 911 call 1 MR. FULLER: Great, because she and her sister — I
          2 have, in my office, photographs of numerous military
          3 handguns and, and rifles and boxes of ammunition. And I
          4 have a bag of about 50 prescription bottles from the VA of
          5 all different kind of antipsychotic medication that he
          6 takes. And he was in combat in the Gulf War. He has
          7 killed innocent people. And he has threatened to kill
          8 Judge Sawaya, who is Mary’s brother, who was here in Ocala
          9 and is now a Fifth District Judge, and her sister Sarah,
          10 and Dr. Mary Sawaya Ghannam.
          11 And I am filing, just as quick as my secretary can
          12 type, a — the divorce and a petition for injunction
          13 against domestic violence. But I’m just very fearful. Her
          14 brother, the judge, has reported it to the court services

          • Tax Watcher

            Even with Mary Sawaya’s Brother Thomas Sawaya influence declared her allegations false against this veteran. So are you supporting those who make false claims against our Veterans. I believe many veteran would have issues with your stance??

          • Tax Watcher

            Mary Sawaya…..

            As a result of this conviction, FDA
            sent Dr. Sawaya by certified mail on
            November 26, 2008, a notice proposing
            to permanently debar her from
            providing services in any capacity to a
            person that has an approved or pending
            drug product application. The proposal
            was based on a finding, under section
            306(a)(2)(A) and (a)(2)(B) of the act, that
            Dr. Sawaya was convicted of a felony
            under Federal law for conduct relating
            to the development or approval,
            including the process for development
            or approval, of a drug product, and
            conduct otherwise relating to the
            regulation of a drug product under the
            act. The proposal also offered Dr.
            Sawaya an opportunity to request a
            hearing, providing her 30 days from the
            date of receipt of the letter in which to
            file the request, and advised her that
            failure to request a hearing constituted
            a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing
            and of any contentions concerning this
            action. Dr. Sawaya did not request a
            hearing and has, therefore, waived her
            opportunity for a hearing and any
            contentions concerning her debarment
            (21 CFR part 12).

      • Tax Watcher

        Even with Mary Sawaya’s Brother Thomas Sawaya influence declared her allegations false against this veteran. So are you supporting those who make false claims against our Veterans. I believe many veteran would have issues with your stance?

  • Passlinebet

    Let’s toss him into traffic….from 10 stories up….

  • Chris

    Just sickens me that this POS did this to that poor defenseless dog. I would love to throw this piece of garbage off a bridge in front of a semi….

  • james warner

    lock him up for a few years and throw his ass in a different cell every night so he can get the love that he didn’t get as a child

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