A Florida man is facing two misdemeanors after he tried to take the rescue of his dogs from a fire into his own hands.
The man, 58-year-old Wendell Joyner, reportedly ignored orders from the Brevard County Fire Rescue and re-entered his burning home several times trying to save his dogs. He then grabbed an ax from a firefighter and threw it into the front window, causing sheriff’s deputies to tackle him and bloody his face.
“My defense is — I was trying to save my dogs,” Joyner told WKMG-TV.
The sheriff’s spokesman David Jacobs said he and the deputies suspected Joyner was intoxicated during the incident and were concerned by what he’d do when he took the ax.
Joyner was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
All three dogs were rescued by the fire crew and are with family friends, WKMG-TV reported.
In a related story, a man in Ohio ran back inside his burning home to save his dog and was critically injured by burns, WKYC-TV reported. Unfortunately, that dog did not survive.