CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – May we lastly be on the finish of a harmful canine case 19 Investigates has been masking for greater than a yr now?
We broke the story final summer time after a number of assaults had native residents anxious for his or her security.
Since then, the town’s made modifications to its ordinance, and the canine’s proprietor is now set to spend time in jail.
For months after the assaults that brought on painful accidents, Amanda Ramos fought misdemeanor costs for canine at giant, vicious animals, and failing to correctly register her pets.
Although the case now has made its means by the justice system, one drawback persists.
“We don’t know the place the canine are. They wouldn’t inform us the place the canine are,” Pat Kelly mentioned. He’s a North Olmsted metropolis councilman.
Even in court docket, Kelly says Ramos refused to inform the decide the place the canine have been when he requested.
The Metropolis of North Olmsted filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to her final yr. Prosecutors needed a county decide to order Ramos handy over the canine that attacked.
It’s unclear what precisely occurred within the case, however based on court docket information, Ramos settled with the town this month.
So, principally, it’s not the town’s drawback, however it could possibly be someone else’s drawback if the canine assault once more.
“Completely. The canine are on the market someplace,” Kelly mentioned.
After we requested Kelly what the town has realized from this incident, he mentioned, “We realized that our ordinance was not ample and we’ve corrected that.”
After our persevering with protection, the Metropolis of North Olmsted modified its ordinance to reflect the state’s.
Earlier than, the town was required to carry a listening to to deem somebody’s canine harmful and take them away.
You probably bear in mind how that went on this case final summer time.
Our cameras captured Ramos storming out, yelling on the victims her canine’s bit and 19 Investigates once we requested the place the canine have been.
Town’s new ordinance ought to forestall somebody from having the chance to maneuver their canine out of the jurisdiction after an assault once more, and hopefully get harmful canine in custody instantly.
“The canine warden can on the spot deem a canine harmful, so we don’t must undergo that listening to that didn’t go so effectively the final time,” Kelly mentioned.
Final week, Ramos lastly pleaded no contest to the vicious and harmful animal costs in opposition to her in Rocky River Muni Courtroom.
The decide finally discovered her responsible and whereas he may have let her off with probation or a positive, determined to go a bit additional and sentenced Ramos to 12 days in jail.
“I used to be glad to see her get the 12 days, sure,” Kelly mentioned.
The victims inform 19 Investigates they’re too, hoping their continued outspokenness helped convey justice and higher safety to their neighborhood.
“This entire factor went on for greater than a yr now. is it over now? it’s over.
19 Investigates reached out to the North Olmsted regulation division about what occurred in that civil case that led to a settlement. We didn’t hear again.
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