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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 03:09 PM

This should make your blood boil!


Traveler Slams Seizure of Dogs by Ohio Authorities

CLEVELAND (CN) – A California man who was traveling through Ohio with his two adult dogs and 10 puppies claims in court that authorities seized the dogs, one of which is his registered service animal, because he did not have local dog tags.

John D’Angelo, represented by attorneys Michela Huth of Ohio and Richard Rosenthal of New York, sued the city of Middleburg Heights, two animal control officers, a police officer and Cuyahoga County in Cleveland federal court. The complaint was filed Tuesday night but was not made available by the court until Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit, Middleburg Heights police showed up at the Motel 6 where D’Angelo was staying with his two adult dogs – Sasquatch and Dazey, his registered service animal – and 10 puppies on July 4 of this year because friends who were visiting with D’Angelo had removed the smoke alarm in his room so they could smoke cigarettes.

Nothing further occurred with the police during that visit, but the following morning two Middleburg Heights animal control officers allegedly knocked on the door of D’Angelo’s motel room and claimed they could take his dogs because D’Angelo did not have Cuyahoga County dog tags.

Full story at link. The Cuyahoga authorities ended up taking his dogs, refusing to tell him where the dogs were taken or what process he needed to go through to get them back. They kept the dogs for a full week and finally returned them. D'Angelo and his attorney have filed suit in Federal Court seeking attorney fees and $100,000 in damages.

What the HELL is going on in this country? We have taken our dogs all over the country and have never had to 'register' them in the location we were visiting. Somebody just decided to fuck with this guy. Granted they probably could have cited him for disabling the smoke detector at the motel, but taking his dogs???

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 03:23 PM

1. Frankly

I'm more concerned about officials taking human children from parents at the border. This guy sounds like a winner. Taking out the smoke detector in a motel!!!!!!!! Despicable!

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 14, 2018, 01:35 PM

3. I agree. Yes, questionable about the seizing of the pets, but how terrible they are cooped up

in a motel room with a bunch of guys smoking. That can't be good for the dogs health, especially the pups.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 02:47 PM

2. When you feel entitled to make fun of the disabled

it's a short walk to taking away their service animals. (Although I have to wonder about the 10 puppies.)

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