Ohio man arrested for barking at police dog

A 22-year-old Ohio man was arrested after authorities say he barked at a police dog during a traffic stop.
Associated Press
Jan 9, 2013


Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/U21Zk9 ) reports that Cameron Dunn was being detained in the back seat of a cruiser in Washington Township Monday when a police dog and handler were called to check the car for drugs.

A report says Dunn began barking at the dog and hitting the window of the cruiser. He's now facing a misdemeanor charge of assaulting or harassing police dog.

Officers found marijuana seeds on the floor of the car. He's scheduled to appear in municipal court next week.

Jail records did not list Dunn, and a working phone number for him couldn't found Wednesday



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It was an assault bark!

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Maybe he thought she was his girl friend! They say that the new pot is getting stronger these days..

Don S

Now wait a minute !!!! I read that a person can curse and give the middle finger to police, because that is called a freedom of speech. This is a ruling from a judge on the bench. But, a person can be arrested for barking at a police dog !!!! Aren't our laws getting a bit on the stupid side ????


i was going to say the same thing... if police dogs are seen as official officers of the law and the same penalties for assaulting an officer goes the same for the dogs... then how is it that yelling at a police dog is any different than yelling at a cop? i see a young lawyer looking to make a name for themselves nabbing this stupidity up and eating it alive.


Don S, the laws aren't getting stupid. Barking at a police dog is a
legitimate crime. People are not allowed to harass a police dog. It
is not able to figure out.


Don S, the laws aren't getting stupid. Barking at a police dog is a
legitimate crime. People are not allowed to harass a police dog. It
is not hard to figure it out.


Wow if arresting a person for barking at a police dog is now considered an "arrestable crime" then our society is beyond doomed! I can see for getting busted with the seeds but seriously charging him for barking at a dog???


Stupid is as stupid does.


I think this is ridiculous. Talk about a waste of time and money; this going to court. I am always more inclined to side with an animal but this is ludicrous. How is barking at a dog harrassment? Did the dog feel threatened? I doubt it. Laws get more ridiculous all the time and they are written to side with law enforcement or the powers that be. I think barking is annoying and causes me stress especially when a dog barks repeatedly for a long time. Isn't that mental anguish?

chicken noodle

reporter54: "Laws get more ridiculous all the time and they are written to side with law enforcement or the powers that be."
So, you want laws to help the criminals?


When one barks at a dog, you are attempting to distract a dog. Thus, you are obstructing or preventing this dog from doing his job. Try to obstruct or prevent a police officer from doing his job and see what happens;

2921.31 Obstructing official business.

(A) No person, without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s official capacity, shall do any act that hampers or impedes a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties.

2921.321 Assaulting or harassing police dog or horse or service dog.

(B) No person shall recklessly do any of the following:

(1) Taunt, torment, or strike a police dog or horse;

(2) Throw an object or substance at a police dog or horse;

(3) Interfere with or obstruct a police dog or horse, or interfere with or obstruct a law enforcement officer who is being assisted by a police dog or horse, in a manner that does any of the following:

(a) Inhibits or restricts the law enforcement officer’s control of the police dog or horse;



And here's another twist--How do we all know that he DIDN'T know ?
( I know, who cares?...just for the sake of.. whatever.)

"ignorance of the law is no excuse"



@ 4shizzle:

How right you are!

The number of federal offenses punishable by prison or fine is exploding.

Intent (mens rae) not necessary; they just need the "fact" that you committed it.


Enjoy the Brave New World.

Be sure to thank Pres. Obama for also renewing and signing the Patriot Act and NDAA.


"The number of federal offenses punishable by prison or fine is exploding."

Some so called Americans love more laws and less freedoms. They want to follow and obey the powers that be.



"Obstructing official business" is exactly what ran through my mind. The dog should not be willingly distracted when trying to search a car. Dogs, unlike people, cannot willingly "ignore" what may sound like a threat from another dog.


If Dunn did something criminal regarding drugs, theft, etc, that is 1 thing. Yet to add barking at a cop dog? C'on...what's next - wrong color clothes on?


2 years military service should be the charge. Should be for all these trouble makers.


Totally agree Kurt. I would think that police officers would have a bit thicker skin and I'm sure the dog will still be able to comfortably eat his kibbles and bits without any major psychological damage.


Sticks and stones can break your bones but barks will never hurt you--unless you have pots seeds on the floor of your car.


Will the dog be called to testify before a judge? Arf!


Cannabis seeds are an arrestable offense?

The prison industrial complex needs all the slaves it can get eh?


More like the courts need all the "fine-able" offenses it can get eh?

Licorice Schtick

This story is really about overreaching by police. Or more like trolling for comments, because it's such a marginal case. It's completely reasonable to prohibit harassing a K-9, but how much of that can you do from INSIDE a car with closed windows? There's a good chance of dismissal here.

Maybe police overreach is the SR theme of the week - at about 9:00AM today (Thursday 1/10/13) they posted the story about the guy who go busted for online comments. Most cops are pretty reasonable, but a few go too far when they get PO'ed. You can call their targets stupid if you want, and maybe you're right, but you're still blaming the victim.


The point is when you bark at a dog, you get usually get a response from the dog. When these dogs are distracted, they are unable to perform the duties they are there to do. Did this guys barking prohibit the dog from doing his job? Once again, people are assuming it is a PO'ed or power hungry officer.

Weed, seeds, etc. until legalized are still illegal. Not only illegal on a state level, but the federal level as well!

No wonder society is the way it is today, no one wants to take responsibility for their actions!! It is always someone elses fault!!!


"Cannabis seeds are an arrestable offense?" Not if they cannot germinate. Will the seeds be germinated to prove that they are viable? One can buy 50 pound sacks of cannabis seeds in Ohio. The cannabis seeds come in from Canada and are heat treated so that they cannot germinate. Sterilized cannabis seeds are legal in Ohio. Throw a few sterilized seeds around in your car and see how fast the powers that be prosecute you, forcing you to hire an expensive attorney.

(O) “Marihuana” means all parts of a plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds of a plant of that type; the resin extracted from a part of a plant of that type; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of a plant of that type or of its seeds or resin. “Marihuana” does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oils or cake made from the seeds of the plant, or any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted from the mature stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant that is incapable of germination.

Read the above stupid law. Read it several times to try to comprehend. Were the law makers drunk when they wrote this?


This guy will get a fine, his wrist slapped and sent on his merry way with a strong sermon from the bench telling him to never distract a police dog again. He certainly won't go to jail as the new rulings from the Feds are asking judges to cut down on sending people to jail with the overcrowding....have any of you read that little tidbit? Ah, yes, only the serious of offenses get sent to the slammer now, so this little guy (seeds, barking and all), will pay his fine and off he goes.


Should they put him jail over this???? He should have never been charged. A power hungry cop is why he was arrested. Seeds on the floor????? What a joke this is. Legalize weed and barking!!!!


@ Rickross, Some cops steal and use the marijuana. I could find no punishment for this cop. Perhaps this cop is working somewhere else arresting people with cannabis seeds in their car? Cops often get a free pass.



As an after thought, wasn't there about 100 pounds of marijuana stolen from some barn near Norwalk, Ohio? What dummies would store evidence in an unsecured barn? Think some corrupt cops maybe for resale? There is a good story for the Sandusky Register. How about you, Andy Oreo (like the cookie?). Good investigative story for you to expand on. I am not from the government but I am here to help.


@ wiredmama222:

FYI: Property crime is up in CA, due to the alleviation of overcrowding:


And our Yahoo-in-Chief wants more gun control? Reads like an argument against.

Time to outsource our penal system to Mexico?


Well, preach it to the Feds who gave the orders about overcrowded prisons. When I read that I was sick to my stomach. I sure didn't order it. The truth is, I wonder how much overcrowding there would be if they didn't take so long to put to death the people on death row? Why on earth do some of the people on death row remain there 20 years after their sentences, when their appeals have expired? What is up with that?

What about habitual offenders? What do we do with them? Why not just build bigger jails? The population has increased and crime is up, why not jail room? Seems to me people need jobs, why not put people to work adding on to the existing jails? If the space is so limited maybe it is time to add on. Take the money from your precious gun sale taxes and add on to the jails then. Happy now? LOL


A police dog is the same as a human police officer therefore barking at a police dog is assaulting a police officer which should result in the death penalty.


If they are the same, how come the police dogs can poop in the grass?


I wonder if Cameron's bark is worse than his bite? I agree with Don S. the guy was just exercising his right to free speech, even if he was speaking dog. It could have been Klingon!!!!


Give the guy a flea collar and set him free. What the heck.


He's no bargain, but "Harassing a police dog" ?

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He figured the dog was more intelligent and was just trying to talk to him