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Gahanna: More complaints about abused or barking dogs

Gahanna police recently responded to various complaints about dogs, ranging from alleged abuse to barking and canines on the loose.

A Meadow Green Circle resident reported that a neighbor might be abusing a dog, saying she had heard the dog whimpering and crying out at 5:26 p.m. Feb. 25. The dog owner told police the pet had relieved himself on the carpet, so he was administering corrective behavior. The dog exhibited no signs of distress, according to reports.

A light-colored Labrador was reported walking toward Granville Street with a leash on its collar and no owner at 12:59 p.m. Feb. 24 at Flint Ridge Drive and Gary Lee Drive.

A Peppercorn Place resident complained about a dog barking behind his residence at 4:16 a.m. Feb. 23. He said the dog had been barking since 3 a.m. Police made contact with the owner of the black Labrador named Mud in the 900 block of Irvington Place.

A dog was foaming at the mouth in the vicinity of Royal Manor Elementary School, 299 Empire Drive, according to an animal complaint received at 5:21 p.m. Feb. 21. Police could find no dogs in the area, according to reports.

In other Gahanna police incident reports:

* Police received a complaint about a deer being hit and still alive at North Hamilton Road and Vista Drive at 8:52 p.m. Feb. 21. A second call was received about the injured deer near Hamilton and Morse roads. Police were told the deer had taken off through the Villas.

* A resident in the 400 block of McCutcheon Road called police at 7:58 a.m. Feb. 21 in reference to an opossum in his yard.

* Juveniles from Gahanna Lincoln High School were caught by school officials bullying a child with autism at 1:37 p.m. Feb. 21. The bullying had been going on for about a year, according to reports. The students were suspended.

* Police received a complaint at 9:47 a.m. Feb. 22 about three juveniles attempting to open a garage in the 400 block of Coronation Avenue. The homeowner told police the garage door is broken and could be opened only with the remote.

* A teenager was standing at Morrison and Hamilton roads with a sign that read, "I'm Kevin and I'm a thief," according to a complaint received at 12:18 p.m. Feb. 22.

* A resident in the 300 block of Towne Court East said she heard the door handle moving at her residence at 4:05 a.m. Feb. 23. Police found no one at the door when they arrived.

* A man repeatedly entered and exited Peet's Coffee & Tea, swearing at nothing in particular, at 8:16 a.m. Feb. 23. The man was mumbling and carrying a bag with Bible pamphlets in it, according to reports. Police transported him to Faith Mission.

* Illegal dumping was reported at Speedway, 240 S.Hamilton Road, at 11:21 a.m. Feb. 23.

* The parking lot collapsed at a manhole cover at Gahanna Lanes, 215 W. Johnstown Road, according to a report received at 4:09 p.m. Feb. 23. The manhole cover was out of the opening, and there wa about an 8-foot drop to the bottom of the hole. The city street department said because the location is on private property, city crews could only barricade it.

* Cinemark Movies 16, 323 Stoneridge Lane, reported receiving a $50 counterfeit bill about 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

* Gatsby's, 151 N. Hamilton Road, provided surveillance video to police Feb. 25 in reference to a customer using a $50 counterfeit bill about 9:51 p.m. Feb. 19.