34-year-old man attacks a dog with machete in New Smyrna Beach.



After repeatedly slashing a dog with a machete, a guy from the New Smyrna Beach area was arrested on a felony charge of animal cruelty.

After undergoing immediate medical treatment for wounds to his back and face, the dog was able to survive.

After video surveillance refuted his claim that he was protecting himself, Richard K. Nelson, 46, was arrested and charged with presenting false information to a law enforcement official.

The incident occurred on July 9 in the back yard of 1931 Jungle Road in New Smyrna Beach, where the dog’s owner claimed that the suspect Nelson, who was in the property’s back yard, assaulted her dog after she let him out, according to authorities.

The owner admitted that the dog dislikes Nelson as a result of previous interactions, but that the machete assault was unprovoked.

Nelson told authorities that he was just sitting in the back yard when the dog lunged at him and bit him in the chest. He claimed he simply used the machete to defend himself from the dog.

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A Volusia County animal control officer contacted the Sheriff’s Office the next day with video surveillance evidence of the event. The dog was seen exploring the yard until it approached Nelson and snarled. Nelson retaliated by grabbing a machete and charging towards the dog immediately, hurling something at him.

Nelson continued to pursue the dog around the yard and began slicing at him while the owner begged at him to leave the dog alone.

Nelson kept chasing and slashing at the dog, chasing him into the woods and through heavy bush. The footage refuted Nelson’s claim of self-defense, demonstrating that he was the one who attacked the dog.


Nelson was taken into custody on Friday morning.

He was arrested and booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he appeared for the first time on Saturday morning.

Animal Control took custody of the dog and transported him for treatment of his injuries.

Polk County deputies shot and killed a man armed with a machete late Wednesday

According to the reports, Polk County deputies shot and killed a man armed with a machete late Wednesday during an incident described by the sheriff as “suicide by cop.”

Polk County deputies shot

Sheriff Grady Judd said a sergeant, lieutenant, and two deputies responded to a home just before 7 p.m. near Frostproof after Yoel Arnaldo Mejia Santel’s sister called deputies saying her brother was out of control and had battered her.

As per the reports, Mejia Snatel, 28, had served more than five years in Florida state prison prior to being released and moved in with his sister at a home on Freedom Drive.

“For 47 minutes they tried to reason with him, they tried to de-escalate,” Judd said. Mejia Santel charged the deputies when they tried to draw him out. When Mejia Santel got within four feet of the deputies they opened fire, two deputies shooting six times.

“He is deceased because of his bad choice,” Judd said, later adding “none of my deputies are going to stand by and let him run a machete through them” and “we did everything possible to avoid that outcome.”

“We are the best trained people in a crisis, not a mental health counselor who is used to a more clinical setting,” Judd said. “There’s this illusion that if we just had a mental health counseling, well, if mental health counselors just worked we wouldn’t be in the situations we’re placed.”


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