NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WESH) — A man was arrested for animal cruelty after attacking a dog with a machete.

Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home at the 1900 block of Jungle Road on July 9. The dog’s owner told investigators that Richard K. Nelson, 46, attacked her dog with a machete unprovoked when she let the dog out in the backyard.

Nelson told authorities that the dog attacked him and was defending himself.

The following day, Volusia County animal control provided officials with surveillance video that disproved Nelson’s statement. Deputies said the video shows the dog running in the yard and as it passes Nelson it growled. Nelson then ran after the dog, threw something at it and then started slashing at the dog.

Authorities were not able to locate Nelson, who is a transient, until the morning of July 16 when he was spotted by an off-duty Edgewater police officer.

Nelson is charged with animal cruelty and providing false information to a law enforcement officer. He had his first appearance Saturday and was released from jail.

After the attack, animal control transported the dog for treatment. It was able to walk shortly after the incident.

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