Man charged with shocking young girls with dog collar

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CRESTVIEW — A 28-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with using a dog shock collar to punish two young girls.

Michael Lee Mitchell, was charged with two counts of child abuse without great harm, according to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Mitchell punished an eight-year-old girl by making her do extreme physical activity until she vomited, according to the Sheriff's Office. He called the punishment "suicides" and it included running, flutter kicks, push-ups and sit-ups.

Mitchell also placed a dog shock collar around the girl's arm after threatening to put it around her neck, according to the report.

The girl told deputies that when she would stop running, Mitchell would shock her until she began running again.

The eight-year-old said at one point Mitchell could not see her and she took off the collar and ran into the woods, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Mitchell used the dog collar on the eight-year-old at least three times over the last three months, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Mitchell admitted to also putting the dog collar around a four-year-old girl's waist and shocking her for bad behavior, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Mitchell also told deputies that he forced one of the children to run alongside his car for at least three miles as a form of punishment.

He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. No bond had been set Tuesday night.
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