Seymour man charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly punching police dog

A Seymour man was charged with cruelty to animals Monday for allegedly punching a police K9 during a motor vehicle incident last month.

The incident took place April 17, according to police. Officers received a call about a motor vehicle accident on Roses Mill Road. The offending vehicle, operated by Daniel Brozak, 21, of Seymour, left the scene of the accident and was located after it struck a utility pole a short distance away in Orange, police said.

An officer attempted to take Brozak into custody, when he engaged the officer in a physical altercation and attempted to strike the officer, police said.

The officer's K9 partner tried to assist when Brozak struck the dog several times with a closed fist, according to a report. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Brozak's arrest.

He was charged with cruelty to animals, attempted assault on a police officer, evading responsibility and failure to drive at a reasonable distance.

Bond was set at $10,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court July 2.