Bay Village residents pack community meeting to voice concerns over dog attacks

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BAY VILLAGE, OH - Residents of Bay Village packed a community meeting Monday night to voice their concerns over safety after two separate dog attacks on the same street in little over a year.

It was standing room only as about 100 concerned residents gathered at the Bay Lodge to discuss a recent fatal pit bull attack.

"The family is in mourning. It's a loss. My grandkids miss their daily interaction, they miss waking up and kissing the dog," said Thomas Moran, of Pellet Drive.

Back on August 20th, Moran's two-year-old Yorkie-shitzu mix named Charlotte was attacked and killed by a neighbor's pit bull.

"My little 16-month-old granddaughter walks around the house and asks for the dog. She is looking for it. And it tears me up when we see that," said Moran.

Last year, an 8-year-old cocker spaniel mix was viciously attacked by a pit bull from that same home.

"People haven't walked down our street in years. In fact, people know to stay off it. We live in an awful nice neighborhood for you not able to be outside or play outside," said Moran.

According to police chief Mark Spaetzel, the dogs' owners are Edward Hirt and Marijana Simiceric-Marlin. The two were charged with two misdemeanor counts of dogs running at large each. Hirt was also charged with not having an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

Meantime, the dogs are currently being held at the Cuyahoga County kennel.

"I notified the owners that we've petitioned the court to have both dogs euthanized. The reason is that both dogs pose a danger and there's a high likelihood it will happen again," said Chief Spaetzel.

But for some, it's not enough.

Resident after resident voiced their concern that a vicious and dangerous dog ordinance should be stricter within the city.

"It's upsetting just knowing that this isn't the kind of thing that should be happening on our street. In our city. This shouldn't be happening," said Gil Moran.

Chief Spaetzel adds that the maximum punishment for the misdemeanor charges is $150 dollar fine.