Ohio man, charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly barking at a police dog, claims ‘the dog started it’

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MASON, Ohio — Police say an Ohio man has been charged with a misdemeanor for barking at a police dog.

A police report says 25-year-old Ryan James Stephens was charged with teasing a police dog in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason.

Officer Bradley Walker wrote that he heard the K9 unit dog barking uncontrollably inside his patrol car while he was investigating a traffic accident at a pub early Sunday morning. Walker says Stephens was making barking noises and hissing at the animal.

Walker reported that Stephens, when asked why he was harassing the animal, said, ‘The dog started it.’ The officer said Stephens appeared to be highly intoxicated.


Stephens could not be reached for comment. He is to appear April 21 in municipal court.

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