An Amherst, Ohio family is grieving the loss of their family pet as police investigate her stabbing. As reported by Fox8 on March 12, Maya was behind an invisible fence on Sunday when a man and his daughter were walking their Pomeranian on the sidewalk in front of their property. The Danicki family watched from the window as the dogs barked at each other in greeting, but said they saw no signs of aggression. The 5-year-old German Shepherd/Chow mix never left their yard, yet the man pulled out a pocketknife and stabbed her, saying that Maya had attacked him and the Pomeranian with them.
Bob Danicki called the police and rushed Maya to the animal hospital, but she died in his son’s arms before they arrived.
The Danicki family says that Maya is a happy, playful dog that has never shown any sign of aggression, and that neither the man nor his dog were threatened in any way before the stabbing. They were in compliance with Ohio’s leash law since Maya was confined to their yard inside the invisible fence and she was still on their property when she was stabbed. ORC 955.22 states:
C) Except when a dog is lawfully engaged in hunting and accompanied by the owner, keeper, harborer, or handler of the dog, no owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to do either of the following:
(1) Keep the dog physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape;
The Pomeranian walking with the man and his daughter was not on a leash. Police did confirm that the dog was stabbed and charges are pending as they continue their investigation.
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