Deputies: Animal control officer hit by woman while writing citation

- Deputies say 43-year-old Latisha Martin was arrested for hitting an animal control officer with her SUV on Wednesday afternoon. They say the officer stepped in front of the suspects SUV to give her a citation for leaving her dog in a hot car.

"Instead, she escalated that to spending a night in jail," said Tod Goodyear, spokesperson for the Brevard County Sheriff's office.

Goodyear says around noon on Wednesday someone at the Melbourne Mall called police to report the animal in distress because the windows on the dark colored vehicle were all rolled up. Deputies say officers measured an inside temperature of 118 degrees.

"We don't know how long the dog had been in that vehicle," said Goodyear. "We very well could have had an animal that perished."

Fortunately, the dog recovered, but the owner ended up in hot water.

Deputies say the driver decided to leave before the animal control officer was finished writing her citations. When the officer stepped in front of the suspects SUV to motion the driver to stop, the officer was hit by the front bumper.

Five blocks away, the dog owner was pulled over by West Melbourne Police and arrested by Brevard County Sheriff's Office for battery with a deadly weapon. Martin appeared before a judge and was given a $15,000 bond.


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