BROOKSVILLE — A man accused of stealing two puppies from the Humane Society of the Nature Coast turned himself in to Hernando County authorities last week after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
Brandon Hand, 27, of Brooksville told detectives he was doing laundry with his girlfriend at a laundromat near U.S. 41 and Wiscon Road at 4 a.m. March 24. He went on a walk and heard barking at the humane society, so he decided to jump over the fence to check on the dogs, he told detectives.
Hand said he found boxer puppies in a dirty kennel that he thought to be too small for the dogs. He brought the dogs home and told his girlfriend that a friend had given them to him. He wanted them to have a good home, he told investigators.
Hand's girlfriend returned the puppies the next morning after seeing a photo on Facebook of Hand taking the puppies from the shelter. He left the county for a few days after learning deputies had issued a warrant for his arrest.
He was charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and was released after posting $5,000 bail.