Man Accused Of Exposing Genitals Before Allegedly Lighting Dog On Fire In Hotel Parking Lot, Police Say

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Police arrested a Florida man Tuesday night for allegedly exposing himself in a Dayton Beach hotel parking lot before lighting his dog on fire, FOX35 reported.

Daytona Beach Police arrived at the parking lot of the Wyndham Hotel and Resort around 10:30 pm after receiving reports that the suspect, Michael Zellars, was allegedly nude on site, according to FOX35. He was exposing his genitals to guests as they entered and exited the hotel, the arrest affidavit alleged, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Florida Man Allegedly Pleasured Himself In Front Of ‘Multiple Children’ At Public Park: Police)

The affidavit alleged that Zellars, 65, resisted officers’ attempts to place him in custody, but was eventually handcuffed after a struggle, FOX35 reported.

After Zellars was taken into custody, police reportedly spoke to hotel security officers. They told authorities that after a black truck had dropped Zellars off at the hotel, he allegedly dropped his pants and exposed his genitals to guests, according to the outlet.

 The 65-year-old then allegedly took a lighter out of his pocket and “proceeded to burn his dog on his ears, neck, and paws,” FOX35 reported, citing the affidavit. Police reportedly said Zellar’s dog did not suffer serious injuries, adding that they sent a report to animal control officials for a review and potential medical care.

Zellars was allegedly found in possession of a plastic bag that reportedly tested presumptive positive for fentanyl, according to the affidavit.

Zellars is currently held in Volusia County without bond, the outlet reported. He has reportedly been charged with felony animal cruelty, nonviolent obstruction of an officer, indecent exposure, possession of a controlled substance while lacking a prescription, disorderly conduct and probation violation.