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Man sentenced to six months in jail for punching a police dog

Published: Tue, July 28, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m.

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to six months in jail for assaulting a police dog by punching it in the head and throat and breaking a tooth.

Judge Everett Krueger of Delaware County Common Pleas Court also ruled Monday that 45-year-old Jeffrey Metz of Delaware must serve five years on probation.

Deputies say Metz led them on a chase in January when they tried to pull him over for speeding and that he spun into a field.

They say he refused to get out of his vehicle. Officers sent a police dog named Thor into the car and say Metz punched the animal repeatedly.

Metz also had been convicted of failure to comply with a police order.

Sheriff Walter Davis III says the dog has recovered.


1aklenec(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Know what is CRAZY?? Steve Croley only got FOUR MONTHS for the FOUR COUNTS of animal cruelty he was charged with...How inconsistent is that?
The part that I can't forget is that with the Steve Croley case - they found 7 dead dogs and 12 dogs that were suffering from starvation...that still makes me so sad...

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2TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Animals are still considered property in Ohio. It can be traced directly to our history as an agricultural state.

That being said, I believe police K9s are to be treated as an officer.

Looking at a police dog from a purely property point of view, they're extremely expensive "pieces of equipment."

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