A Lakewood man told police he used a pocketknife to defend his Labrador retriever after it was attacked by a ROTTWEILER. The Rottweiler's owner left the scene of the incident -- which took place shortly after 10 p.m. Monday on Madison Avenue -- just before officers arrived.
The lab's owner, a 40-year-old Lakewood man, called police and said he was walking his dog near the parking lot of Beverage Square when the Rottweiler pulled its owner toward him from Waterbury Road, a police report said.
The Rottweiler mauled his Labrador and pinned it to the ground. The Lakewood man and the Rottweiler's owner couldn't pull the dogs apart so the Lakewood man pulled out a pocketknife and stabbed the Rottweiler several times, the report said.
The Rottweiler released the other dog, and its owner took it from the scene without telling the Lakewood man his name or any other information. Investigators were unable to locate the Rottweiler or its owner.
The Lab's left eye, ear and neck were severely injured. The dog was taken to the Westpark Animal Hospital for surgery. The lab's owner declined to talk to a Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter Wednesday, but said his dog survived the surgery. The attack remains under investigation.
If police identify the Rottweiler's owner, he could face charges under Lakewood's dangerous animals law, Lakewood Police Capt. Ed Hassing said Wednesday.