Gerald Miller sentenced to jail in Amherst neighbor's fatal dog stabbing

OBERLIN, Ohio - The man who stabbed his neighbor's dog to death in Amherst will spend the next four months behind bars.

Gerald Miller, 43, was convicted last month of one count of animal cruelty.

According to the Oberlin Municipal Clerk of Courts, Miller was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail, with 60 days suspended. He was granted work release and ordered to pay $1,000 fine. He will also be on probation for five years.

The incident happened March 10 in the 900 block of Red Tailed Lane. Miller said he was walking on the sidewalk with his daughter and his daughter's dog when he passed by the yard where Maya, a medium-sized brown dog, was located.

Authorities said Miller told them Maya tried to attack his daughter's dog and that he intervened. That's when Miller said Maya went to bite him so he stabbed her in the upper back with a folding knife.

Maya then ran toward the house.

Robert Danicki, Maya's owner, called 911 to report the incident as he was en route to get Maya to the animal hospital, but the dog died on the way there.

Danicki told authorities he saw the incident from an upstairs window and he, along with another witness, said they never heard or saw any aggressive behavior from Maya. Authorities were told Maya and the other dog were familiar with each other and never had a problem before.

Neighbors also said Maya was a "very obedient and well-mannered dog."

Miller and his daughter's dog were not hurt.

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