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Man ‘Sics’ Pit Bulls on Police Officers

The dogs didn’t attack, but Lakewood residents now face charges.

When police responded to an Elmwood Avenue home for a report of noise in the early morning of April 12, a Lakewood man ordered his two pit bulls to attack the police officers.

But the dogs didn’t attack, and the man was arrested. 

David Wright, of 1412 Elmwood Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated menacing and keeping a vicious or dangerous dog.

He was found guilty of keeping a vicious dog in  on April 13.

chief Timothy Malley said that the officers weren’t injured during the incident.

“Officers told residents to turn down TV which they refused to do, (then ordered) the officers to leave or their two pit bulls would be released on them,” he said, adding that two others in the home also face charges.

Just days before the incident, animal control officers determined that Wright owned pit bulls. A hearing was set for May, said Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler.

But that turned out to be unnecessary, because Wright was found guilty April 13 of harboring a dangerous/vicious animal stemming from the April 12 incident.

When officers returned to Wright’s home, they also found two pit bull puppies. All four of the animals were taken to Wright’s mother’s house in Bay Village.

Bosco Gauthier April 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I thankfully don't live in Lakewood. As I have a presa canario which is one of their two banned breeds. Lakewood needs to get a clue. Any dog, even a lil pug or something like that can ve vicious if its trained that way. Don't blame the breeds, blame the stupid owners and lock em u for making their dogs that way. I've had had a pit and a Sheppard in the past too. All big babies that think they we lap dogs. Now I have a presa whom everyone loves because he's very friendly and affectionate. Yet he's frowned upon because of what some owners made them into fighters. For those of you don't know. A presa canario is a type of mastiff. So if I had any other breed of mastiff it would be okay. Shaking my head at society. Its not the dogs fault they were brought up by negligent owners.
Sandy Smith April 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
As an adopter of one of the 27 dogs honored at the Badges for Bullies benefit, I can attest to the fact that even "training" to be a "vicious" dog doesn't necessarily create a reactive or aggressive dog. My dog, Bonzai, has scars all over his body - some are very, very deep - and yet he loves other dogs and has never met a person he didn't love. He was raised in a fighting environment, was forced to be a bait dog (we know this because his incisor teeth have been filed down to rotten nubs to keep him from harming the fighting dogs, which are worth money and can't be injured until they are in the ring and bets have been placed) in a dogfighting ring, was emaciated, covered in sores, suffers from a bloodborne disease primarily found in pit bulls used in fighting rings, and was kept locked in a cage in a basement for probably his entire life. No one under any circumstances would meet him and consider him vicious; in fact, a friend who's a firefighter met him and told all of his buddies what a great dog Bonzai is despite evidence of horrible treatment. So, in many cases (the Vick dogs are another example), even training the dogs to be fighters or cruel treatment by abusers cannot overcome the basic affectionate nature of these dogs and make them vicious. Bonzai does not have a vicious bone in his body.
Steve April 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Ok, I have to throw this one out there. He was under surveillance, police came to door for noise, he told police to leave or he would sic his dogs on them. Next day he is found guilty of harboring viscous dogs, next day? Why did they not charge him with assualt on an officer with a deadly weapon? Were they in the house, or outside? I think there is way more to this than LPD is saying. Colin McEwen, how about digging a little deeper on this one, as it doesn't make any sense to me, as far as the charges go, or their actions. Thanks. Comments anyone?
Jennifer Mayes April 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I can tell you as a resident of westpark, literally about 200ft from the lakewood boarder. I have to go all the way to Parma to go to pet supplies plus even though there's one right down the street in Lakewood because of the ban. I also use to frequent many restaurants with patios in lakewood with my dog. They obviously don't get my business anymore either. Not very business friendly. How many ppl say that they shop in Lakewood just because there is a BSL law? I'm pretty sure no one.
wright22 July 26, 2012 at 05:03 AM
This was my brothers case, and his dogs were in no way viscious. The cops had barged into his house without knocking trying to catch him with these dogs. He ordered the police officers to leave his house. They wouldn't leave. My brother told the cops that he was going to put his dogs away and the cop slammed him up against the wall and said that he said that, and took the dogs away and threatened to put them down. I saved the dogs, and they are now in my hands. My brother loves his dogs and they were all rescues that he saved before they were going to be put down.

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