Friday, April 14, 2017


A local man was mauled by THREE CANE CORSO DOGS  for nearly 20 minutes before police officers shot at the animals and scattered them Tuesday.
Bruce J. Lasik, of unknown age, was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. No condition report was available for him Tuesday afternoon.
He reportedly rode his bike with his girlfriend to visit a home in the 1300 block of Bellefair Avenue shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he crossed an invisible fence, police said, and attempted to pet one of the dogs. The dogs attacked him and began dragging him through the yard.
“They just went into attack mode,” said neighbor Vincent Brown. “All three pulled him on the ground. We beat one but the other two wouldn’t get off him. Someone even tried to hit one with a car. Nobody could do anything.”
Police shot one of the dogs, and the animals fled to the kennels in the yard. The Clark County Humane Society transported the injured dog and one other away from the incident.
The third dog ran away, and police officers and the Clark County Humane Society continue to look for it, Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said.
“This was a serious situation. The officer had to shoot one of (the dogs),” Moody said. “They were standing over their prey, so to speak, when officers arrived.”
Karlon Avery owns the two confiscated dogs and was on his way to the humane society later Tuesday afternoon to speak with officers and see his animals. He said the missing dog is his brother’s, but is also trained with the invisible fence.
Avery said he has mixed feelings about the situation, as the victim is his friend, but also he has taken care to warn him about the dogs.
“There’s signs up, and you see the dogs sitting outside,” Avery said. “There’s an invisible fence, and flags marking where it is and they all have shock collars.”
Avery said he was able to speak with Lasik before he went into surgery.
Despite Avery’s precautions, the humane society has had issues before with these dogs.
Jimmy Straley, director of the humane society, said there have been two other incidents at the home. He said in both cases children crossed the invisible fence and were bitten. Under the law, owners of “vicious” dogs are cited only if the dog attacks without provocation, and in those cases it was ruled that the dogs were provoked.
“Under the law a dog has to be under adequate control,” Straley said. “But what’s adequate control to me may not mean the same to you.”
The humane society has custody of the two Cane Corsos but Straley said they don’t know what will happen to the dogs until the case goes through court.
“We’re going to wait and see what happened to the poor man who was hurt and mauled,” he said. “We deal with dog bites every day, every week, but this is only the second real mauling I’ve been to. They are few and far between.”
Cane Corsos, which resemble pit bulls but are a different breed, are becoming more popular in the area.  The dogs typically weigh between 88 pounds and 110 pounds depending on gender, according to
“Hopefully they are not the new designer breed of dangerous dog,” Straley said.
Currently, police officers aren’t considering pressing charges against the owner or the victim, Moody said. The victim has been friends with the owner for years and has known the dogs since they were puppies.
“Certainly, we’re going to be evaluating this. In these dog-bite situations, we take our lead from the humane society,” Moody said. “I know the neighbors are upset. They’re concerned about these dogs in the neighborhood and we share that concern.”


Anonymous said...

This is why I believe invisible fences should be illegal. A dog behind an invisible fence is just as dangerous as a dog tied up. It's not the 'cruel tethering' that makes the dog vicious, it's the fact the dog was vicious in the first place and it was easily accessible to unsuspecting people.

Farmer Jane said...

This mindset that people have developed about the "rights" of guard dogs has got to change. When did it become ok for dogs to kill a person for crossing a property line? I know this man didn't die, but he had to be life-flighted. That's pretty close. Guard dogs are there to guard, to alert and intimidate, not kill. What does this person have that he needs to protect that's more important than children or his friend? And what kind of idiot keeps (or is allowed to keep) obviously deadly dogs behind an invisible fence? There's so much wrong with this situation that it makes me wonder if there's a brain between all of the people involved. They need to put the dogs down and charge the owner with being a self-entitled idiot.

Anonymous said...

What idiot would think three cane corsos belong behind an electric fence? On second thought the owner is heartless, children have already been injured by his dogs and yet he continues to leave them out like this. One of these dogs could easily kill a child. The dogs had no problem here attacking a friend of the owner whom I have known all their lives. Do they actually have to kill someone before someone removes or confines the dogs?

Anonymous said...

Electric fences should be banned. Electric fences should not be used for dangerous dog breeds.

I am sick to death of people with dangerous dog breeds using shock collars on the monsters, and expecting everyone to remain safe. An electric fence is a terrible idea for the mere fact that it does not keep people out of your yard. What happens when a UPS driver needs a signature? They have to enter the yard with dangerous animals, which is considered a "provocation"?

Let's get real! These legal loopholes need to be eliminated. This man was mauled by dogs he was familiar with. There is no excuse. I know the courts will rule in favor of the psychotic owner of THREE CANE CORSOS, because "AMERICA!" If the courts should happen to rule in favor of the victim, I will be "shocked."