Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute.

Walton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Michael Morrison said deputies discovered the animals' remains last week when their owner reported that the animals had disappeared, and that her brother-in-law had allegedly threatened to kill them during a family dispute. The animals' remains were later found buried behind the brother-in-law's residence.

Travis Atlow was arrested after admitting to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Once he was incarcerated, a fellow Walton County Jail inmate provided a written statement alleging that Atlow admitted that he shot the animals then buried them.

Atlow was subsequently charged with one count of third degree felony animal cruelty and one count of second degree felony animal abuse.

He remains in the Walton County jail.

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