July 26, 2014

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Man accused in dog’s fatal stabbing arrested

AMHERST — Gerald D. Miller, 43, was arrested this morning for cruelty to companion animals, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and released on $1,000 bond.

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He is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Oberlin Municipal Court.

Miller is accused of stabbing to death a dog belonging to a neighbor of his daughter over the weekend.

The warrant charging Miller, of Lakewood, with cruelty against a companion animal was issued Wednesday.

Police say Miller was visiting with his daughter Sunday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Robert Danicki, who owned Maya, and witnessed the attack from his bedroom window, said Miller’s daughter rode by his house on a scooter. Shortly after, Miller walked up to Maya, a Chow-shepherd mix, and stabbed it with an item he concealed in his hand.

“She started yelping. As soon as I saw it happen, blood started spurting out of her,” Danicki said Tuesday.

Miller, who walked away and contacted police after the incident, told police Danicki’s dog had attacked his daughter’s white Pomeranian that he was walking on the sidewalk. Miller said he intervened, and the dog attacked him, so he stabbed it with a pocket knife.

Danicki said Miller’s story is untrue, however. He said the dogs were barking at one another, but it didn’t become physical. Maya was in the front yard of her home behind an electric fence when she was stabbed.

Danicki and his family rushed Maya to an emergency vet, but the dog died on the way. He said the family is devastated by the loss of their pet, and he called the incident suspicious, believing Miller had an issue with the breed of his dog.

Miller could not be reached for comment, and Landreth did not answer the door of her home Tuesday.

Police didn’t pursue charges initially as an investigation was carried out. On Tuesday, officers met with the prosecutor, who recommended that charges be filed.

In the protection order granted to Landreth, Miller was ordered to stay away from his daughter and his visitation rights were suspended until a full hearing on the matter, scheduled for March 27, according to Lorain County Court documents.

According to police, neither Danicki nor the white Pomeranian had any injuries from the alleged attack. Neighbors told police Maya was an obedient and well-mannered dog, according to a news release from the Amherst Police Department.