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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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.