AMHERST, Ohio - The man accused of stabbing his neighbor's dog to death in Amherst pleaded no contest Thursday but was found guilty of the crime.
Gerald Miller, 43, was convicted of one count of animal cruelty. Sentencing has been set for July 18 at 11:15 a.m.
The incident happened on March 10 around noon in the 900 block of Red Tailed Ln. 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 in.
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 Maya 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.