My girlfriend and I broke up a few months ago. We had one pet together and when I left, I took the animal. A couple of days later she asked if she could see the pet, I agreed and we met at a local gas station. The pet was in a kennel in my truck. My girlfriend and I entered my truck and I proceeded to take the pet out of the kennel. As soon as the animal was out of the kennel, she grabbed it from me and bolted out of the door to her vehicle. I followed to her vehicle and stood inside of her door trying to get the animal back, I was unable to. By this time a small crowd had gathered around. I took the keys out of her igintion and waited for the police to arrive. The officer did not care to hear my side of the story and gave me a ticket for simple battery.No one was hurt during the scuffle over the animal. She had spoke with a detective at the sheriffs department previous to the incident. He informed her that she would have to a court order in order to get the pet back from me, and he called and told me to make sure the animal stays in good health. I wasn't trying to harm my girlfriend, only trying to protect what I thought I had a right to at that point. I realize the situation was silly and a bad decision, but I wasn't in no way trying to harm my girlfriend. She singed a letter stating she doesn't wish to prosecute, which we understand that the state decides whether to prosecute or not. I hired an attorney, but I would like to hear any possible scenarios that may benefit me in this situation. Also there is no domestic or family violence involved in the charge, only simple battery. I was not arrested.