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Caged dog, shot six times, survives

Two men were arrested in Toledo after they allegedly took turns shooting a German shepherd while he howled in his cage.

The dog, named Sarge, was hit by six shots, but survived. He’s now being held by the Lucas County dog warden.

One of the men, Lawrence Mick, 57,  the dog’s owner, is in the Lucas County jail, where he was being held on $25,000 bond. He’s charged with a third degree felony for using the weapon, and if convicted, he could be sentenced to one to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The other charges he faces in connection with the incident, including cruelty to animals, are all misdemeanors.

Mick has a drug conviction and is prohibited from using a firearm, the Toledo Blade reported.

Mick and another man, Adam Collins, are accused of taking turns shooting the captive dog with a 25-caliber pistol Friday in Mick’s backyard with a 25-caliber pistol.

Comments

Comment from NHHouston
Time July 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

If only animal cruelty were a felony that carried severe prison time, the world would be a safer place. I truely hope what goes around comes around for these losers

Comment from chrystal
Time July 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

i think these guys should be locked away for life anyone that could do that is cold inside and could maybe kill a human

Comment from Jesi
Time July 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I think cruelty to animals or children should be an eye for an eye. They should be left in a cage and shot at. How horrible. You have to be a sadistic psychopath to be able to do that to another living thing. It disgusts me.

Comment from Kathy G.
Time July 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I think the dog should get a chance to shoot at these 2 goofs while they are in a cage…..oh wait, dogs are too caring and compassionate for such cruelty and stupidity….

Comment from karleen
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

scumbags when u are in jail we all are going to come and shoot u in face and everywhere else rot in hell you ^&%$#@$^*()&*&%#$

Comment from rmdtangels
Time July 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

We want to tell everyone thank you for believing in us and staying true to what you know is the difference between right and wrong. It is because of all of you that he will be reconditioned in to the dog he was born to be. Scott and I are going to Toledo this week to be Sarge’s voice in front of the judge. I am giving a break down of …the cost of what all the expenses will be. We are praying that people will continue their support through donations and cross posting!

http://cathy611.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/42ae845f38a8ad6f

$1200 plane tickets — $600 per ticket from Denver to Toledo

$350 sarge’s flight/kennel (unless someone would like to donate an airline kennel and meet up with us)

$200 hotel stays (2 nights, thursday, friday)

$500 meds for sarge/antibiotics, pain meds, sedative for flight

$150 car rental/gas back and forth

TOTAL = $2400

We are also going to be flying Sarge back and forth, if necessary for court appearance

Comment from Dog Crate End Table
Time November 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

Anyone else thinking hell-hound? Anyways, it’s bad that they shot the dog. Poor thing.

Comment from Stacey
Time February 14, 2011 at 1:43 am

Kill both the MF’s!

Comment from Ute
Time April 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

What was the outcome, did the judge give these horrible men the maximum sentence?

Comment from Ute
Time April 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

An East Toledoan accused of shooting his own dog last summer as it howled in a cage pleaded no contest Tuesday to animal cruelty and other charges and faces up to a year of additional jail time.
Judge C. Allen McConnell of Toledo Municipal Court found Lawrence Mick, 58, of Federal Street guilty of cruelty, inducing panic, and obstructing official business for a July incident in which he and a friend took turns shooting a German shepherd named Sarge.

The dog survived the six 25-caliber bullet wounds, but his trainers say the shooting episode left him fearful and prone to lashing out.

A fourth misdemeanor charge against Mick, one for firearms discharge, was dropped Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. He had previously pleaded not guilty to all four charges. Speaking before the judge, Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Howe noted Mick’s conviction last month in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on a felony weapons charge for the dog shooting.

“We believe the public safety has been protected,” Mr. Howe told Judge McConnell. “He has been convicted of a weapons charge already.”

Mick is serving a 60-day sentence in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker and three years of community control for that felony conviction. He also was ordered to spend 200 hours volunteering at the Toledo Area Humane Society, but Mick must fulfill those hours elsewhere because the humane society doesn’t want him.

He is to return to court for additional sentencing March 15. He faces a sentence of up to a year in jail for the three misdemeanor charges.

Police were called to Mick’s home July 9 on reports of shots fired. There, they found Sarge in a cage bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses testified that Mick and friend Adam Collins, 36, of River Place took turns shooting the dog and laughed as the animal howled.

Testifying on his own behalf last month in Common Pleas Court, Mick denied firing the automatic pistol and insisted Collins shot Sarge because the dog was vicious and had tried to escape from the cage.

On Jan. 5, a jury of seven women and five men found Mick guilty of having a weapon while under disability.

He had been prohibited from owning or using a firearm since a 1988 conviction for a misdemeanor drug offense in Michigan.

Collins was found guilty last year in Toledo Municipal Court of animal cruelty, firearms discharge, and giving false information to a police officer. He was sentenced to time served in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Mick was quickly escorted away in handcuffs after Tuesday’s hearing. His attorney, Joanna Baron, refused to comment.

Sarge now lives at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, a no-kill shelter that offers lifetime care. He was transported there last fall by the humane society.

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