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Cleveland kennel officer attacked while responding to call about barking dog

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 15:01:52-05

A Cleveland kennel officer was attacked while responding to a report about a barking dog on Thursday.

Matthew Timoch, 41, was charged with one count of felonious assault in connection to the alleged assault. 

It happened just before 11 p.m. at a house on the 1600 block of Spring Road.

According to the police report, the kennel officer had just informed Timoch, the dog's owner, he was going to be issued a citation for the animal. Timoch allegedly punched the officer in the head and knocked him off the porch. The fall caused his leg to break, the report states.

Timoch then jumped off the porch onto the officer. The kennel officer grabbed Timoch, pulled him to the ground and strangled him until he went limp, the report states.

A second man was also arrested for allegedly trying to kick the kennel officer in the face.

Joseph Spoden, 49, was charged with one count of felonious assault.

Both men were taken to Cleveland City Jail. 

The officer was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment.