Published: Jan 25, 2014 8:00 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, FL - A frightening day for motorists at a Lee county rest stop near Daniels Parkway, as a man allegedly chokes his St. Bernard to death. Witnesses say Larry Peterson's dog attacked a Yorkshire Terrier that was being walked near the pet area. The owners of both dogs were able to pull the dogs apart. The Terrier was critically injured, but witnesses say Peterson's dog was still out of control, that's when they say Peterson jumped on the dog and began strangling him until he stopped breathing. Peterson was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.