Bulldog, owner cleared after dog bites attacker; man still throws poop

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BROOKLYN, NY.– A judge has ruled that Leo the English bulldog and his owner will not be charged for the bite that occurred after a man attacked the woman.

“Dogs are universally recognized as a man’s (in this case, a woman’s) best friend,” wrote Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Sylvia Ash in her decision to toss out the man’s personal-injury lawsuit.

It all started in 2011 when 72-year-old, Lawrence Ciliotta saw a woman and her dog on his lawn and yelled at her to get her “f–king dog” off his property. He proceeded to spray her with his garden hose.

Nicole Ranieri, 42, admits that she’s “not the kind of person that could just leave it,” so she walked away to pick up her dog’s poop, went back to the man, and hit him in the chest with the doo.

That’s when Ciliotta put his hands around Ranieri’s throat — and Leo leaped into action, sinking his teeth into the man’s arm, court papers state.

“He was just protecting me!” Ranieri said. “Leo never bit anyone but this man. The guy ran to his house screaming, ‘The dog bit me! The dog bit me!’ ” she said.

Ciliotta declined to comment Tuesday.

Ranieri claims that to this day, Ciliotta still bikes past her house to throw poop at her door.

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