Police: Man used dog to beat girlfriend

Michael Jones arrested in Sanford

Michael Jones, 42, of Sanford.
Michael Jones, 42, of Sanford.

SANFORD, Fla. – A Sanford man was arrested on allegations of beating his live-in girlfriend with her own dog.

Michael Wayne Jones, 42, was arrested Thursday on charges of domestic battery by strangulation, criminal mischief and animal cruelty.

According to Sanford police, Jones got into a fight with his girlfriend and she attempted to drive away. 

Jones, however, grabbed her dog and started swinging the animal in the air, said police, who added that Jones then beat his girlfriend with the dog.

Police said Jones also started choking his girlfriend before fleeing on a bike while carrying the dog.  He was later located and arrested.

The woman, who police said had red marks on her neck, and the dog were not seriously injured.

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Jones was booked into the Seminole County jail.

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