Don’t mess with man’s best friend — especially if you don’t want to end up shot and in jail.
That’s exactly what happened to a Miami man after he jumped the fence — naked, no less — of a Little Haiti home and began choking a Rottweiler. The dog’s yelps awakened the homeowner who came outside — armed, no less — and confronted the attacker.
The intruder, who was later identified as 20-year-old Jeffery Delice, turned his attention from the dog to the homeowner. Delice jumped on the homeowner and began choking and biting him, Miami Police said.
Fearing for his life, the homeowner fired his gun twice, hitting Delice once.
“The person was naked, on the front porch choking his dog,” said police spokesman Napier Velazquez. “That’s when the resident shot him in the foot.”
Despite being wounded, Delice did not give up the fight. The homeowner, who police did not identify, fired his weapon a third time, but this time it jammed.
Finally, the homeowner was able to pin Delice down while family members called police.
When officers arrived, Delice tried to bite them, too, police said.
Delice was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was treated.
Expected to make a full recovery, Delice now faces several charges, ranging from assault, resisting arrest with violence, to lewd and lascivious behavior and animal cruelty.
He’s no stranger to the Miami-Dade court system.
In November 2011, he was charged with marijuana possession, and in April 2012, he was charged with armed robbery and assault. He’s never been convicted of any crime.
Although no one answered the door at the pink home on Northwest 56th Street Wednesday afternoon, a large black-and-brown dog in the backyard did come out of his dog house Wednesday and made himself comfortable in the sun.