Toledo dog owner ordered to jail, community service in shooting of pet

Lawrence Mick

A former Toledo dog owner who faces charges in the shooting of his caged German Shepherd has been sentenced to jail time and community service.

Lawrence Mick, 58, was sentenced Friday in a Lucas County courtroom. He received three years of community control, which includes 60 days to be spent at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and 200 hours of community service to be performed at the Toledo Humane Society.

The community service sentence was for having a weapon while under disability.

Mick and friend, Adam Collins, 35, are believed to have together fired at least six shots at Mick's dog, Sarge, in the backyard of his East Toledo home in July 2010. Sarge, who witnesses say was caged and howling when being shot at, miraculously survived being shot in the head and chest, despite having six bullets lodged inside his body.

Collins pleaded no contest to charges related to the shooting.

After being cared for by the Toledo Humane Society, Sarge was deemed too aggressive to be adopted and was sent to a new home at an animal sanctuary in Utah. Sarge now resides at Best Friends Animal Shelter, the same location where NFL QB Michael Vick's pit bulls were sent.

Mick still faces misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, firearms discharge, inducing panic, and obstructing official business. A Feb. 22 trial date has been set.