Who, age What Where When Last known address
Daniel Kier keeping a potentially dangerous dog, running at large

Lakewood, OH

Cuyahoga County

July 25, 2009  
Not disclosed - police officer tasered a contained dog

Lakewood, OH

Cuyahoga County

July 25, 2009  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Ordinance violation   1 dog Alleged

7/29/09 & 8/4/09

A family dog tasered by Lakewood police will remain at an Animal Shelter until his owner's early August court appearance.

          

(Photo's courtesy of 19 Action News)

Two women heard Otis the dog barking and looked out their apartment window only to see the pup surrounded by several police officers.

The officers tasered Otis "like he was a grizzly bear," says witness Christina MacDonald.

MacDonald also said that "the dog was backing up defensively, as if he was saying stay away from me. He wasn't being aggressive in any way."

         

(Photo's courtesy of 19 Action News)

Otis' owner, Daniel Kier, claims his dog is "a Boxer, not a Pit Bull." The animal warden agrees with local authorities and claims the dog looks as though he has Pit Bull in its blood.

Lakewood Police issued a press release that stated the dog was aggressive towards the officers and stand behind the decision to taser the dog.

According to Captain Gary Stone, the officer "observed an aggressive pit bull on the sidewalk, it charged at the officer and then stopped five feet away. The officer was then able to deploy his taser which incapacitated the animal."

Kier was cited for having a dangerous and vicious animal and for letting Otis run loose. He's scheduled to appear in court on August 4th at 9AM.

Otis will remain at the shelter until that time.

However, there is a vicious dog hearing for Otis at Lakewood Municipal Court at 3PM on July 29th. Pit Bulls are banned in the City of Lakewood.

Update 7/29/09:  The fate of a family dog tasered by Lakewood Police could be decided at an afternoon meeting in the city.

The tasing was captured on the cop's taser camera and has sparked outrage nationwide.   This, after police noticed Otis the dog without his owner, Daniel Kier, on the sidewalk at Robin & Plover. They claim they tased Otis because he's a pit bull and was acting aggressively towards them.

His breed - pit bull or boxer - remains in question because Kier doesn't have any breeding papers for Otis.

Reference:

19 Action News

WOIO