Ohio Man Charged With Teasing Police Dogs (PHOTO)

By: Rob Adams - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 24, 2021

Ohio Man Teasing Police Dogs. One man in Ohio is charged with teasing police dogs after barking at them. However, he claims that he has the right to bark at K-9s because it’s “free speech” in the country.

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The attorney for 25-year-old Ryan James Stephens says his client was not striking the animal in suburban Mason. Lawyer Jim Hardin says barking may not be seen as intelligent speech but is “still speech.” He questions the validity of a city law that bars taunting police dogs.

Ohio Man Teasing Police Dogs

A police officer investigating a car crash at a pub on April 3 reported he heard the dog barking uncontrollably. The officer said he found Stephens making barking noises and hissing at a dog inside the police car.

The officer’s report quoted Stephens as saying “the dog started it” and said the man appeared highly intoxicated.


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