FOX 23 reports the pup was hit and run over by two separate vehicles as numerous witnesses watched
His name means “good luck” in Japanese — and apparently luck was with pup Yoshi when a man named Michael Lee Britton threw him into oncoming traffic.
According to FOX 35 News, who first reported the story, Yoshi survived a toss into a busy stretch of road in Ocala, Florida, by Britton, who was subsequently arrested and charged with animal cruelty, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
“He had said to somebody at the scene or jail, he was trying to put the dog out of its misery, because it had been shot with an arrow,” Ocala Police Lt. Brian Young told the station. (No arrow wounds were found on the dog.)
According to Britton’s arrest affidavit, obtained by the station, the dog was hit and run over by two separate vehicles as numerous witnesses watched.
On Thursday, an update on the Marion County Lost and Found Pets Facebook page said that Yoshi is recovering well and being fostered by an officer involved in the case, as felony charges are pending.
“Buck now named ‘Yoshi’ his original name is doing great!” says the post. “Staff veterinarian and vet techs of the MCAS evaluated him late last night and today. They will continue to give him all the necessary medical treatment, monitor him, and give him all the love, hugs and kisses until this case is resolved.”
A Facebook comment from the person who runs the page said a family had come forward claiming ownership of the pup, who can be seen smiling in photos, despite his horrific ordeal. But it wasn’t yet confirmed if Yoshi actually belonged to them.
“Yoshi AKA Buck is not microchipped,” the comment said. “The family claiming ownership, their dog had been missing nearly 3 years, they have photos and paperwork and have submitted it to the MCAS — their missing dog was not microchipped — Yoshi will not be released to anyone until the judge determines the felony cruelty charges and makes a ruling.”