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Man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing dog


ELYRIA — A Lorain man was sentenced to 22 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges stemming from the June 22 stabbing death of a chained border collie that allegedly growled at him.

Emanuel Eisel, 29, was sentenced immediately after entering guilty pleas before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski.

Eisel pleaded guilty to intimidation, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of cruelty to companion animals, resisting arrest and criminal damaging.

The felony charges stemmed from him threatening police and trying to kick them as he was placed inside a police car and for running from police following the stabbing.

Eisel fatally stabbed the dog in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue after grabbing the animal, which was chained in a yard, and picking it up by the tail after the animal supposedly growled at him, police said.

When the dog bit Eisel, he pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the dog several times, according to police.

Police said they found Eisel covered in blood when they arrived, after which he ran from them and tried to hide the knife.

Eisel told police he had been drinking before the incident.

In addition to the prison time, Eisel was also ordered to pay restitution for veterinary expenses incurred by the dog’s owners.

Eisel had prior convictions for assault, assaulting a police officer, domestic violence, intimidation and stalking.

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