An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an East Toledo man for having a firearm while under disability – a third degree felony.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Lawrence Mick, Federal Street, who had also been convicted of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm.
The case received widespread attention when it was reported that Mick and another man, Adam Collins, were being charged for shooting Mick’s dog, Sarge, a German shepherd while the dog was caged.
Mick was found guilty January 2011 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on the disability charge.
According to court records, Collins and Mick were at Mick’s residence on July 9, 2010 to repair a large kennel for the dog. Mick moved the dog to a holding cage about five feet long and four feet high.
Mick testified the dog began “growling and snarling” and “bouncing back and forth” and started to get out of the cage.
Neighbors called the police after they saw the men shooting a gun at the dog while it was in the cage. Court testimony states the men used a .25-caliber pistol.
In his own testimony, Mick said the dog had bitten his girlfriend a week before the shooting.
In his appeal, he argued the gun belonged to Collins and contested the accuracy of witnesses who said they saw both men shooting at the dog.
The appeals court rejected his contention and ruled his actions met the criteria for violating the disability statutes.
The dog survived after going through emergency surgery. X-rays showed six bullets were lodged in his head, neck, and chest.
He was placed in the Toledo Area Humane Society for about six weeks but was found to be too aggressive to be put up for adoption. The Humane Society made arrangements for the dog to be transported to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
According to the Best Friends website, he was renamed Paladin and was making significant progress in recovering from his physical and “emotional” scars.