Published: Mar 13, 2014 11:59 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 13, 2014 12:02 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police officers arrested a man accused of beating his dog with a 2x4 outside of 2255 Dora Street, and then turning on witnesses who were outraged.

Yesterday just after 3:45 p.m., police arrived on the scene and detained 19-year-old Charles Watson.

Police determined that a witness called 911 after hearing Watson’s dog crying and screaming in agony. Watson reportedly became agitated when he discovered the witness was calling police. Watson allegedly told the witness he was going to kill him and began threatening him by swinging the 2x4 at him.

Investigators spoke with several additional witnesses who also observed the animal abuse and threatening behavior by Watson.

Watson was charged with Animal Cruelty and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The injured dog ran away before the arrival of Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Police and Lee County Domestic Animal Services are asking for assistance in located the injured dog. The dog is described as a brown and white pit bull mix named “Eight Ball”. If anyone has additional information you are asked to call the Fort Myers Police Department at (239) 321-7700.