Dog strangled at Fort Myers rest stop

CREATED Jan. 24, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - An Idaho man was arrested last Saturday for strangling his own dog to death at the Daniels Parkway rest stop along I-75 in Fort Myers.

Witnesses say a dog leaped out of a van driven by 54-year-old Larry Ellis Peterson and attacked a Yorkie on a leash.  Peterson got out of his and kicked his dog and managed to get it away from the Yorkie.

The owner of the Yorkie had left the scene to take her pet to a vet to get its wounds treated.  A Lee County Sheriff's deputy arrived to find Peterson's dog dead.

One witness said Peterson had asked him for a knife to cut the dog's head off.  When that witness refused to help he and another witness said that Peterson then choked the dog to death.

Animal control took the dead dog and another dog into Peterson's van.

Peterson was charged with one count of cruelty to animals causing death or serious injury.