Residents protest dog shooting by Ohio officer

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Animal-loving residents of a northern Ohio community are protesting the recent shooting death of a dog by a police officer.

Several dozen sign-carrying demonstrators in Sandusky demonstrated in front of the municipal court building Wednesday. It was part of the local outcry since a city police officer killed a pet Rottweiler named Lucy on Feb. 21.

The officer, who was responding to a complaint of a dog running loose in the area, said the dog lunged at him before he fired the shot.

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/Y1AOol ) reports that police Chief Brad Wilson is dealing with the fallout from the shooting — including emails from angry residents.

The dog's owner, Donna Hansen, appeared in court Wednesday to plead not guilty to citations for dog at large and unlicensed dog.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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