Man faces cruelty to animal charge for restraining police dog after late-night restaurant altercation

One Milford man was charged with cruelty to an animal after he got combative with police and restrained a police dog by the neck Saturday night.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday, Feb. 16. Police said that Daniel Sprague, 27, and Vincent Sprague, 24, both of Milford, were at the center of a disturbance outside Citrus Restaurant on South Broad Street when they responded to a call.

Police said Daniel Sprague pushed a restaurant employee, and then the two brothers became combative with officers when they arrived on the scene. Vincent Sprague managed to restrain a police K-9 by the neck, officers said.

The two are being charged with two counts each of interfering with police and breach of peace. Additionally, Daniel Sprague is being charged with two counts of assaulting police.

Vincent Sprague is being charged with assaulting a police officer and with cruelty to an animal for his actions toward the police K-9.

Bond was set at $10,000 for court on March 12.