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Police Taser Dog After Man Breaks Into Miami Beach Restaurant

MIAMI BEACH, Florida – A dog was stunned by a Taser Wednesday morning as authorities attempted to issue a trespass warning to a man on restaurant property in Miami Beach, authorities said.

According to Miami Beach Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez, homeless resource officers attempted to issue the warning just after 7 a.m. after the man broke into El Palacio de los Jugos in the Sixth Street and Jefferson Avenue neighborhood.

Dontae Leonard Johnson’s arrest report said the restaurant is undergoing renovations and is currently closed to the public. Police said officers were checking the property due to continued trespassing when they encountered Johnson, 34, and Johnson’s dog, who was not on a leash.

According to the arrest report, Johnson first told officers he did not have any ID on him and did not have to provide them with his name.

Officers told him they were holding him for trespassing and needed his name for their report.

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Authorities said Johnson reached out in a bag and was ordered not to grab or grab anything, but he continued to do so, at which point officers attempted to handcuff him for their safety.

Police said Johnson started yelling and walking away as they tried to handcuff him, and his dog, a white pit bull, started to get aggressive.

According to the report, Johnson grabbed a handrail with his left hand and his dog’s neck with his right hand as the dog continued to growl and become more aggressive towards police.

Police said an officer warned Johnson on several occasions that he was going to stun the dog with a Taser, but Johnson continued to resist his arrest.

The officer then deployed his Taser, hitting the dog.

Police said Johnson fled but was taken into custody one block away.

Authorities said the dog had fled the area and had not been located.

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