BRIGHTON – A trial by jury will be held to determine the fate of local dog accused of being vicious.
The dog named Dre, owned by Rick and Mary O’Brien of Brighton, was scheduled for trial Aug. 10, but the scheduled hearing was vacated after attorneys from the Animal Law Center, LCC, requested the jury trial in lieu of the original hearing.
A municipal court worker could not confirm that a new hearing date has been set, but various petition and online site supporting the dog’s family reported a pre-trial hearing being set for Aug. 21.
Dre is one of two dogs that got loose on July 25. Around 11:30 a.m. animal control received a call from a woman who had just been chased into her home by an aggressive dog and another call regarding two citizens who had been chased into the cabin of the truck by a dog that was allegedly barking, growling and snarling at their heels.
When animal control officers arrived on scene, the dogs were pointed out. One of the dogs, a doberman pinscher named Machomotto, accepted treats from the officers but the other dog, a mixed breed dog named Dre, allegedly began aggressive behavior with the animal control officers. It took several officers to catch the dog which was aggressively lunging and snapping at them.
The O’Briens have been charged with two dogs at large and one vicious dog.