Pinellas County deputies arrested a 19-year-old who burned a sheriff’s dog on the nose with a cigarette after refusing to leave a house he’s accused of burglarizing.
Ryan James Packer broke into a home on Belcher Road in Dunedin about 10:30 a.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived while Packer was still inside, and he refused to leave.
A team of deputies entered the home with a sheriff’s dog, Axel, and found Packer inside a bathroom, deputies said. He still refused to leave, and deputies entered to attempt to remove him. According to deputies, Packer struck a deputy, Harry Harris, and another deputy released Axel, who got a grip on Packer.
Packer used a lit cigarette to burn Axel twice on the nose in an attempt to free himself, deputies said. He was taken into custody and charged with battery against a police dog, battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and trespassing.
Deputies said Packer, who they described as transient, had been ordered from the mobile home park during a Feb. 25 incident.