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Report: Man refused to turn over dogs to deputies

A 47-year-old man who refused to turn over his two dogs after they mauled a neighbor's puppy to death faces a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer from when Pasco County sheriff's deputies claim he shut a door on an officer's arm.

Thomas Green, 9726 Gray Fox Lane, was arrested at 4:59 p.m. Saturday afternoon. According to his arrest report, Green pulled up to 9736 Gray Fox Lane, where deputies were investigating the puppy's death, the report said, and he ignored a deputy while swearing.

The report said Green admitted the two boxer dogs involved in the mauling were his, refused to cooperate with the investigation and got into his black Chevrolet Tahoe and sped off, the tires kicking dirt at a deputy.

Later, animal control officers said they were going to confiscate the dogs, according to the report, and deputies said Green told them "You're not taking my dogs." He later told his son to "go get the gun and shoot them (the dogs) in the house," the report said.

Deputies said Green then went toward his house, and he shut a glass door that hit a deputy on the arm. The report said Green was pepper sprayed and then arrested.

Green was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. He was released on $5,500 bail Saturday night.

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