BRUNSWICK HILLS, OH (WOIO) - Police are now involved after a neighbor versus dog dispute in Brunswick Hills.
"Richard came out of nowhere and with a big, long, metal pipe and starting beating her, beating the living crap out of her. I thought she was going to die," said Judy Hough, who owns an 11-year-old German Shepherd named Breanna.
Two neighbors are caught up in a dispute after a recent dog fight. Hough says her dog was on a leash in its yard when the neighbor's dog entered and began a fight.
"It just seemed like it was going on forever. I relive this all day, every day, all night," said Hough.
Hough says Breanna was badly swollen. She filed a police report.
"My dog kind of went crazy, bit it on its face, just snapped at its face," said Richard Cicic, who owns a 6-month-old Golden Retriever named Ginger.
Cicic says he got involved to try to break up the fight.
"She was on top of my dog. My dog still couldn't get out. So I hit the dog two or three times with this pole. What would anybody else do?" he explained.
Cicic says he swung into action to save his puppy from a much bigger and older dog.
"So, I grabbed the back of her dog by the coat and I just squeezed as hard as I could on the fur and it kinda let go, as soon as it let, my dog took off running," said Cicic.
Hough isn't buying Cicic's explanation of why he hit her dog.
"This is animal abuse. Something has got to be done about this. I have all the doctor bills. She's on a special food. She's on, I don't know on how many different meds," Hough said.
This he said, she said story has neighbor against neighbor, dog against dog.
This may be an instance where fences actually make the best neighbors. Cicic tells us he is willing to pay for half the cost of a fence between the two properties.