Man pleads to assaulting K-9

WARREN — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting a police dog in December, according to court records.

James Justice, 35, entered the plea in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and will undergo a presentence investigation before he is sentenced. Justice was arrested Dec. 23 by Howland police after they went to Justice’s house looking for a woman thought to be involved in a fight earlier that day, according to a police report.

There was a warrant for Justice’s arrest, according to the report.

The man barricaded a door with a couch and refused to come outside, according to the report.

An officer tried to send a K-9 through a window, but the man struck the dog first with his hands and then used a glass liquor bottle to strike the animal on the head, the report states.

Officers used Mace and a Taser on Justice. He was treated by medics on the scene.

The dog, Thorn, was taken to MedVet in Girard, where he was treated and released, according to police.