Deputy shoots dog on Old State

A Huron County sheriff's deputy was ordered to shoot and kill one of two aggressive Rottweiler dogs that attacked and bit an Old State Road man Monday afternoon. "I hated the idea of killing that dog. I didn't have a choice,' Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A Huron County sheriff’s deputy was ordered to shoot and kill one of two aggressive Rottweiler dogs that attacked and bit an Old State Road man Monday afternoon.

“I hated the idea of killing that dog. I didn’t have a choice,” Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.

The second dog is being held and quarantined at the Huron County Dog Pound.

“The dog is being held for evidence,” said Deputy Dog Warden Gary Ousley, who responded to the Bronson Township incident. “We’re not sure which dog committed the bite.”

Ousley said he wasn’t at liberty to discuss what citations the dog owner was given because of the ongoing investigation. The probe is expected to be concluded by next Tuesday or Wednesday.

No charges had been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court as of this morning. A message at the dog owner’s telephone number said it had either been disconnected or was no longer in service.

Howard was on the way home when he received an animal complaint report about 2:45 p.m.

“The man ran inside his home … and the dogs tried to get into the patio,” the detective said.

The victim, who declined to comment, sustained puncture wounds to his hand. He went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The victim lives on the south side of the dog owner.

“He was on his own property,” Howard said. “He reported the dogs came over and attacked him.”

When he arrived in the 100 block of Old State Road, Howard said one of the dogs charged at him, but he was able to get back into his vehicle.

“Major (Greg) Englund arrived a few seconds after that,” he continued. “The dogs charged after the major.”

Englund fired his pistol at one of the dogs, but didn’t hit it. Howard said the dogs returned to the porch.

Since the animals were still being aggressive, deputies decided to use their Tasers. Howard said he and Englund fired their weapons at the same time, but they weren’t effective because one of the dogs rolled into the other one, tearing the Taser cable loose.

“The Taser reactivates after five seconds,” Howard explained.

One of the dogs fled. Englund reloaded his Taser cartridge and fired the weapon again at the remaining dog. Englund then ordered Howard to “dispatch the animal” with his service pistol, the detective said, which killed it.

Troopers with the state Highway Patrol saw the fleeing dog in the front of the victim’s home near a van. Ousley found and secured the animal.

Neighbor Steve Rospert had two goats killed by the same two Rottweilers in May 2006. He recalled his 14-year-old son was doing chores outside that morning when “he actually saw the dogs in the pen with the goats.”

One of the dogs also bit the lip of a sheep kept in the same pen, Rospert said. His family told his neighbor’s wife about the killed goats.

“She saw them (the dogs) in there, too. She said they’d put them down, but that didn’t happen,” Rospert said.

In November, he spent about $6,000 to put up a fence to keep the dogs out of his property. Rospert said their presence has caused his family emotional distress.

Ousley said it would be up to Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge to determine if the dog being quarantined might be destroyed.

Comments

Re Newt (Anonymous)

Sorry, line 5 should be Shot Gun

What makes you ...

What makes you think that one bullet didn't get the dog? They had trouble with the tasers, so be it. So they shot the dog. It says in the article that he was ordered to dispatch the dog with his service weapon which killed it. Where does it say anything about stray bullets? I would think that a police officer has decent aim and wouldn't be spraying the neighborhood with bullets.

Re Newt (Anonymous)

If you read the story there was at least one stray shot. (Thats all it takes) and I'm sure there were more. We just didn't get all the facts in the story. One shot did hit the dog. Where did that other shot go? Hey I'm all for gun control (Use both hands) But you better know where every shot you shoot go's. Agree?

T$Robinson.... ...

are you people crazy?? the dog bit the man.. it say's that he had to go to the hospital... it was that bad.. the dog was out of control.. i am a hugh animal lover, but when they attack, they are out of control, and must be stopped by any means possible.. that includes destroyin them if there is no other way to control them !!!! i think that the dog created his own fate

Re: T$Robinson ...

It said he went to the hospital, Its not like he was rushed there by ambulance (I would have went too) It was a dog bite, Its not like it took his arm off! This story is lacking alot of the facts. I'm guessing the fact the dogs were tasered made them more agressave. I know I would be. So is the Sheriff Dept. going to shoot all dogs that bite people? I think the Reflector needs to clear this story up. Has the Sheriffs Dept. got dogs that are trained to bite? I think they do!

dogs (Anonymous)

The reason a dog bits is because it is being treated wrongly.Like when the officer tazard the dog not once but twice. I mean wouldnt it make you angry If you were getting tazard. I know it would make me angry. Even thow the dog bit some one the officers should be punished for taking the wrong actions.

Blown out of pr...

I agree with dogs because do you ever think for once that these dogs were mistreated by the sheriffs dept. I also know the kid who they said was terrified he is a kid who never gets afraid. My guess is that this kid was acting just to get them killed because he does not like them. If I was the owner I would definintly file a lawsuit against the city for cruelty to animals. I also think the dogs were provoked into biting the man. I know for a fact that the 2 goats were in the dog owners yard and were chased back into their cage. sounds to me that the dogs were defending their territory.

Strong Opinione...

I believe that this situation was treated very wrongly. You dont just shoot a dog. In this kind of situation you should call the dog warden. From what i here Dane Howard should spend some time in the shooting range. Is this someone that you want to be the Head of the Huron County Sheriff Department? Seriously, its time for the sheriff department to get more professional. Become more of an officer rather then a cowboy.

Misled bloggers...

The situation was taken care of PROPERLY. And anyone in law enforcement would agree. A dog off of its own property acting agressively is a vicious dog and should be put down. Also the report states that Dane was ordered to shoot. It certainly isn't what any member wants to do, however, the job doesn't allow us to make all the decisions, sometimes they are made for us. Dane did what he should have done. People keep saying that they should have waited for the dog warden. What do you think he would have done. They are given a pole to attempt to capture the dogs, other than that they too are issued a firearm. Detective Howard and Major Englund tried to save the dogs by using their tasers, unfortunately, it didn't work and they were forced to use other means.

Ummm... (Anonymous)

The dogs bit BEFORE they were tasered. They were angry and aggressive BEFORE the officers arrived. You people are blowing this wayyyy out of proportion. Quit acting like the police started this incident and like I said earlier get mad at the people that should be blamed... the OWNERS. Keep your damn animals on your own property.

dog dick (Anonymous)

A lady took her rottweillers into the vet that the Huron County Deputy shot. After a brief examination, the vet pronounced the dog dead.

"Are you sure?", the distraught owner asked. "He was a great family pet. Isn't there anything else you can do?"

The vet paused for a moment and said, "There is one more thing we can do." He left the room for a moment and came back carrying a large cage with a cat in it. The vet opened the cage door and the cat walked over to the dog. The cat sniffed the dog from head to toe and walked back to the cage.

"Well, that confirms it." the vet announced. "Your dog is dead.shot through the haid"

Satisfied that the vet had done everything he possibly could, the woman sighed, "How much do I owe you?"

"That will be $330." the vet replied.

"I don't believe it!!!", screamed the woman. "What did you do that cost $330!?

"Well", the vet replied, "it's $30 for the office visit and $300 for the cat scan."

dog dick (Anonymous)

A lady took her rottweiller into the vet that the Huron County Deputy shot. After a brief examination, the vet pronounced the dog dead.

"Are you sure?", the distraught owner asked. "He was a great family pet. Isn't there anything else you can do?"

The vet paused for a moment and said, "There is one more thing we can do." He left the room for a moment and came back carrying a large cage with a cat in it. The vet opened the cage door and the cat walked over to the dog. The cat sniffed the dog from head to toe and walked back to the cage.

"Well, that confirms it." the vet announced. "Your dog is dead.shot through the haid"

Satisfied that the vet had done everything he possibly could, the woman sighed, "How much do I owe you?"

"That will be $330." the vet replied.

"I don't believe it!!!", screamed the woman. "What did you do that cost $330!?

"Well", the vet replied, "it's $30 for the office visit and $300 for the cat scan."

Newt (Anonymous)

I'm not a blood thirsty kind of person. I get no joy in the mistreatment of any kind of animal. I've never quite understood the whole idea about going out and hunting because if it was up to me, the only way any animal would ever die would be from old age. When a dog or any other kind of animal comes on to MY property and attacks/threatens me or any of my family members then I have a problem. I will protect myself and my family and if that means shooting that animal, I will do it. I'm not going to take the time to try and reason with it or try and diagnose it's problems that make it vicious, I will end the threat right there and now.

Re: Disrespect ...

Obviously you are not an animal lover. Sounds like you need to get new friends. You must realize by now that there are more families with pets than without. Sounds like you need to hang out with those who have none. And for those of us who do, they are like out children. I would much rather have dog hair on me than boogers and gummy bears for kids. Kids are just as gross as dogs or cats. The only difference is that kids grow up to be nasty adults who don't even wash their hands after they use ther bathroom. What is the difference. At least the dog doesn't fix food at a food joint for you to eat. People can be just as gross as pets. Get over it.

Bulldog D33 (An...

As information, the dog that was shot was not the dog that bite the victim, in addition, the dog that was shot was a member of the owner's family for 8 years, through the birth of two children, the relocation to four states in the past 6 years, amazingly, all without incident up to this point. These dogs were provoked, yes they got loose, and yes the other dog did bite the neighbor, but they are far from vicious animals. The victim claimed to have ran from his pole barn to his house to get away from the "vicious" dogs. The victim covered almost an acre of ground with two "vicious" dogs after him without any other addiitonal encounters? Ya right! This story is full of holes, oh ya, by the way, the sheriff shot the dog three times to kill it at close range according to the police report. Now why would you have to taser a dog twice, shoot a dog three times, when it was not even the dog that bit the victim? Bottomline, both of these dogs were loving family members that socialized with two children, three & five, a Pomeranian, and a puppy english bulldog. In addition, the victim that said these were vicios animals had no problem with the dogs when he went over to the owner's house on several occasions and interacted with both dogs, showing affection, and the dogs reciprocating. The victim had no problem with the dogs when his dogs would constantly get loose and provoke an altercation with the so called "vicious" dogs. The victim personally knows the owners, knows both the home and cell phone numbers, that was real neighborly to not even notify the owners that their dogs are loose. I bet the dog owner never takes the time to take the victim's loose dogs back to them, you know, doing the neighborly thing. The female dog that was shot had never bitten anyone her entire life, but yet she was shot, if only because of the perception, that this breed of dog is vicious. Ignorance is not always tactical, especially in law enforcment.

Spotted Dick- (...

A guy is driving around the back woods of Tennessee and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: "Talking Dog For Sale."
He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
"You talk?" he asks.
"Yep," the Lab replies.
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says "So, what's your story?"
The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders; because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running."
"But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in."
"I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
"Ten dollars," the guy says.
"Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"
"Because he's a liar. He never did any of that crap. "

Re: Bulldog (An...

I knew if we hung around long enought the real story would come out. I hears someone in town say there was a video of the shooting on "You Tube" if anyone finds the link please post it!

An_Employee (An...

Well, here is what I got to say! Maybe Dane should have contacted the dog warden first and maybe should have asked teh Humane Society to help him as well! Maybe if Dane wasn't so overweight like the sutherlands as well he might have been able to do something else! Gee, ever looked at the Huron County Deputies! They are ALL about 200# overweight - so no wonder he shot the dog because we know he can't run! Maybe we should look at some other candidates! Neither of these candidates is great! One shoots animals and the other stabs his officers in the back and never did anything ot get where he is today! Neitehr of these people should be the Chief of Department!

Bobbi (Anonymous)

"Well first of all the dogs are vicious animals and the owners should NEVER get that dog back. The dog ATTACKED and I stress the word ATTACKED that poor innocent man at his own home. The police had a right to shoot the dog especially if it was charging after him and he should have shot the other dog as well and not just tazered him. I feel just terrible that the goats died because of their dumb dogs. That poor family could be scarred for life."

defending the f...

im glad that one of the dogs got killed and i hope they kill the other one also. these dogs killed 2 goats and bit a sheeps lip. These animals were FAMILY ANIMAls wouldnt you want them to be killed if your pets were killed? The owners of the dogs had no control of them what so ever. the dogs shouldnt be running around in others yards. All of you who say that its wrong for the dogs to die dont know what these familys are going through and never will until there pets are killed by to dogs. I HOPE THE DOGS DIE!

bobert (Anonymous)

If a dog bites my hand I am pretty sure that I will call the cops to come and shoot the dogs if I don't happen to shoot them first. Because I don't know if the dog has rabies or some other issues. And the the cops had a right to shoot it because, first it is a vicious dog and second it tried to kill someone. And if I was the cop I probably would have shot both of the dogs if I didn't know which one bit the guy

***And if my family had to pay 6000 dollars just to feel safe I would be real mad that some dumb neighbors and their dogs made me spend all that money to feel safe

Another Bobbi -...

let's see years ago a kid from down the street came to my neighbors yard and threw rocks at their dog. The dog was chained to the dog house in her own yard and the kid was in the alley out of reach. So then the kid should of been shot too, right??? I mean, after all he was attacking the poor dog. BTW, I chased the kid away and my neighbors had a "talk" with the parents. But still isn't that the same thing. And what about the idiot owners who will not have their dogs vaccinated????

OK (Anonymous)

If these dogs were that bad wouldn't you think the Judge would have done something the first time? (The Goats) Its too bad if someone's taking the heat cuz the Judge dropped the ball. If I was Dane I'd march right into his office and DEMAND he makes it right!!

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