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GITTERE ST. MAN CHARGED WITH SETTING DOGS ON POLICE

A Gittere Street man told two patrol officers to get off his property Sunday night, then told his two pit-bull terriers to attack them, the officers said.

The officers fled the yard uninjured, returned a short time later with the city dog warden, and arrested the man.

Michael Cochrain, 29, of 46 Gittere was charged with attempted assault for using dogs as dangerous weapons, police said.

Fillmore Station Officers Darleen Peterson and Noreen Walsh had come to the home after a neighborhood youth told them he had gone to the address mistakenly believing a friend was there and a man had shoved him against the porch.

When the officers went to the house, the man was outside with a dog and refused to talk to them, Officer Peterson said.

"We asked if we could talk to him, and he asked if we had a warrant," Officer Peterson said. "We said, 'We just want to talk to you.' He said, 'No. I want you off my property.' "

Cochrain then went into the house, let a second dog out, and told both to attack, Officer Peterson said. The officers went back to their patrol car and called in the city dog warden who captured one dog. The second dog couldn't be found. The officers then arrested Cochrain.

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