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Family feud involving dog leads to arrests in Pontiac

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Three Pontiac men were arrested early Sunday morning after an outbreak of violence involving a dog, an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy, a K-9 officer and a Taser, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies from Oakland County, who provide policing services in Pontiac, arrived at the 100 block of West Strathmore just before 4 a.m. Sunday on a report of a domestic assault. There they found a 28-year-old man on the front porch of the home, with a dog on a leash.

Police say the woman the man had allegedly assaulted was his sister, a 26-year-old. She had returned to the home with two men, one 22, the other 31, and both family members, and told police that her brother had assaulted her and “attempted to have his dog bite her,” according to a statement on the matter.

The victim and the men she brought then allegedly began attacking the dog, police said.

Police tried to take the 28-year-old man into custody, at which point the men tried to attack him, but ended up “striking deputies in the process.” Police had to deploy a Taser to get the 28-year-old man under control, they said, while the 22- and 31-year-old men fled.

Police soon located the 22-year-old man in a vehicle not far from the incident. Then, they called a K-9 officer to the scene, who was able to locate the 31-year-old man.

All three men were arrested and are at Oakland County Jail, pending charges. Animal control officials took custody of the dog. Police are investigating the incident.

jdickson@detroitnews.com