Hearing for 'Dangerous Dog' Set for Thursday

Pomeranian was killed by Bullmastiff as it headed to the Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday.

The owner of a dog believed to have killed a Pomeranian headed for the Spooky Pooch Parade may have to remove it from the city.

A hearing is set to take place at Lakewood City Hall at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to determine whether restrictions should be placed on the Bullmastiff — or, if the dog should be altogether removed from the city.

The animal control officer who responded to the incident could not be reached for comment, but Capt. Gary Stone of the Lakewood Police Department said that the incident took place in the 1480 block of St. Charles Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The dogs and their owners were headed to the Spooky Pooch Parade, about a block away, he said, when a Bullmastiff and Rottweiler — both on leashes — attacked.

The Bullmastiff “grabbed the Pomeranian and swung it around by the neck,” Stone said.

No charges have been filed, but a citation was issued. 

Stone said that a hearing officer will hear the case on Thursday.

“They can decide whether there is restriction placed on the dog, or removed if it should be from the city,” he said. “It’s all up the to the hearing officer.”

Mary Jo Domanski October 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Fine for the owner, restrictions on the dog being in public, and mandatory behavior evaluation by a certified trainer. The owner should also be required to attend obedience classes and the dog should be CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified before the restrictions are lifted.
Michael Rice October 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Fine the owner? The owners dog killed a dog, it's not like he bit the postman. I know my dog is a part of my family and this goes beyond just being fined. What will that do?
Christina Cocchiarale Ward October 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
How horrible. Were all the dogs on leashes? If not I hope so. Wow.
Patch reader October 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
A properly restrained animal DIED. The owners of the attacking dog were unable to restrain their 'pet' even when it was on a leash. I'd hate to think what would have happened if it had got loose and attacked a small child. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I hope the owners of the pomeranian get justice.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
@Brian-So you are saying it would have been better had a postman been bitten, rather than killing a small innocent dog? Mary Jo got it right. That dog should not have to pay with it's life for negligence on the humans part. Read her whole statement first, not the first part of the sentence, it make total sense to me.
Mary Jo Domanski October 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
What happened to the Pomeranian was a horrible, horrible thing but simply shipping the dog out of Lakewood does not solve the problem, nor does euthanizing the dog. The problem lies with the owners inability to control the dog and the dogs behavior in public. I also do not believe that this dog is at all human aggressive so to assume than "a child could be next" makes no sense whatsoever. Working with a trainer who can analyze the situation and help the owner correct the problem is the answer and hopefully she will be a spokesperson for all that can go wrong with an untrained unsocialized dog and how it can be made right.
Mary Jo Domanski October 23, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Jane Doe October 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You are spot on Mary! A tiny dog the size of prey dressed up in a costume could very well have been mistaken for a TOY. The 'bullmastiff' didn't MAUL anything...to me, a mauling is ripping something to shreds, according to the details the mastiff picked up the dog & shook, then released. My own dogs shake their toys all the time, they absolutely know the difference between another animal and a HUMAN. Those that keep saying 'what if it was a small child?' obviously know nothing about animals or animal behavior.
Alexandra October 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The owner of the deceased pet needs to sue the owners of the dogs that did it. I am sorry, but think of the agony of the deceased animal. The beloved pet cannot be brought back. I think the event should be canceled for next year. This is why I am no dog owner. I have been attacked by a " loveable family pet" before. Had to have stitches. Not all dogs get along. I feel awful for all involved.
jenn October 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
was anyone posting on here there and saw EXACLY what happened? if not, then perhaps we don't know all the facts. was the pomeranian acting aggressively at all? again, a dogs instinct is to protect itself and its owner...perhaps, even if a little dog, the other dogs felt threatened in some way. w/o knowing the facts and/or seeing for myself the incident I would not make any judgements on the owners or the dogs.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 08:08 PM
@Alexandra- While I sympathise with both owners, things happen that are sometimes out of our control. After all, these are animals and humans do much worse. How about the agony of all the dogs given to shelters for stupid reasons by those who were entrusted to take care of them, and are put down because no one came to their aid. It had nothing to do with the event, so it should not be cancelled. And yea, lets give 33% of a dogs worth to the lawyer, for the cost of replacing the dog, because thats all they are worth under Ohio law. Just an object. Thats whats wrong...Better laws for all, Humans and Animals.
Hol October 24, 2012 at 12:43 AM
It is the owner's responsibility to control and train animals in their care. If they cannot or will not control the dog, they should not be allowed to own them. Animals need direction, structure and positive training. I don't care if a dog was bitten or killed. It's the fault of the owner and not the dog. If you want to know the full story, look on Patch because there are many stories about this. I love my dogs and make sure I handle them in public. Some people just don't understand what is involved with pet ownership and the one that suffers is the pet! I am so sorry to hear of this happening. If I lost my dog because another killed it....there would be hell to pay. I would sue. My sister's dog got away from her and bit another and she was fined heavily and almost had to put it down. For a bite. So lets not think this is nothing. Aggressive behavior toward another dog is a stepping stone to humans. It's a statistical fact people. Wake up.
patrick anderson October 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
You're dog kills my dog. I kill you're dog. Whether the animals or owners are to blame, those beasts are not social or safe. A small child could be mistaken for a toy, Maryjo ...
Diana October 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM
How many of you are aware this actually happened while the woman who's dog died was with her 3 month old daughter? This story would be completely different if that dog chose another target. All dogs were on a leash which means all owners are responsible for the control of their animals. The owner of the bullmastiff also had a Rottweiler, two very huge dogs which doubtly anyone could control at the same time. I'm sorry but it's no surprise how many dogs show up in this area with all breeds of dogs who all bark their heads off. Taking or even just caring for two large breed dogs directly in that area is too much and the owner should know that. I say the bullmastiff owner should no longer be allowed to own any dogs in the city of Lakewood. If a child who's only, let's say 5, viciously attacked someone walking down the sidewalk and said simply they were just playing--you'd look at that situation very differently. If you think I'm being radical with the child metaphor consider how many dog owners look at their pets as much more than that. Dogs are like children and someone's died because one stranger couldn't control their own. This is not a situation to look lightly on.
Mary Jo Domanski October 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I do agree that both parties were overwhelmed, both the woman unable to control her large dogs and the woman who brought both a 3 month old and her toy dog (from what I understand, the Pomeranian was being held by her MIL). Further events should be 1 person/1 dog/no Flexi-leads/no strollers. When attending these events, 100% of your attention needs to be on your dog. You cannot give your dog 100% of your attention while you are trying to soothe a crying baby and anything can happen in a split second.
Mary Jo Domanski October 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Patrick, euthanizing the dog does not solve the problem. Solving the problem starts with the owner. She can go out the next day and come home with a new dog, which is likely to have the same issues as the first. Breaking the cycle of this behavior begins with an expert evaluation and a professional training program.
Paul Grimm October 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well - what happened at today's hearing?
Colin McEwen October 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Paul, it's tomorrow.
Steve October 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Thursday, 8:30 am. and open to the public. 2nd floor law dept. conference room. This could get good. Pro BSL Lakewood City Hall, guess I already know how this is going to turn out. I would say that the powers to be already have the choices made. This is just for show.
Steve October 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@Colin McEwen- Are you going to be there to report what really goes down in an unbiased media way? I would rather hear it thru you than city hall.


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