Local man shoots at dog, owner

Cary Ashby • Mar 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Frustration over a neighbor's dog defecating in his yard led to the homeowner reportedly shooting at the pet and its owner Wednesday.

Nobody was injured in the Ohio 4 incident near Bellevue reported to the Huron County Sheriff's Office about 11:50 a.m.

The suspect, John A. Mahl, 70, of 6199 Seel Road, Bellevue, was charged with felonious assault. He was released Thursday from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $30,000 bond.

"She (the complainant) had let her dog out to use the bathroom," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

"She observed the neighbor come around the corner of his house with a shotgun and (Mahl) fired a shot in the direction of her dog and her. Neither one was hit," Patrick said.

Sgt. Tod Wagner responded to the scene. He confiscated a 12-gauge, single-shot Harrington & Richardson shotgun and a spent shotgun shell cartridge.

"He interviewed Mr. Mahl. ... He indicated to Sgt. Tod Wagner (he shot) in the air," Patrick said.

When Patrick was asked if the suspect provided a reason for firing the gun, Mahl reportedly said "the dog had been defecating in his yard several times."

If convicted, Mahl faces two to eight years in prison.

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