Mastiff Involved in Dog Attack Leaving Town

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The owner of a mastiff accused of mauling a Pomeranian to death at the Spooky Pooch Parade is moving her dog out of Lakewood.

A hearing was set for Thursday morning at Lakewood City Hall to determine whether her dog was considered dangerous under city ordinances, whether it should be placed under restrictions or if it should be moved out of the city altogether.

But city officials said the owner before the hearing signed an agreement saying she found another home for the dog outside of Lakewood.

“The owner of the dog decided she just wanted to get rid of the dog, to take it to Cleveland,” said Michael Bowen, hearing administrator. “The dog is no longer allowed to come to the city of Lakewood.”

The attack happened Saturday at just after 1:30 p.m. near St. Charles Avenue.

Police said the mastiff’s owner was getting out of her car with her two dogs — the mastiff and a female rottweiler — which were leashed.

Another woman, from North Royalton, then walked by with her Pomeranian, which was also leashed. That’s when, according to police, the mastiff shook and killed the Pomeranian.

The rottweiler was not involved in the attack, police said.

Capt. Gary Stone said the owner of the mastiff was also cited for having an animal at large, or failing to control her dog. She will have to face that charge in court, he said.

Bowen said both dog owners were content with the outcome of the case.

“It seems like both, even the new owners are aware of the situation,” said Bowen. “So it seems like both parties are generally happy.”

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