Homeowners there have become so feaful of "Lance" that they have asked a Monroe Circuit Court to banish from the premises the pooch with a penchant for biting.
The lawsuit brought Oct. 5 by several people details incidents in which they, or someone they know, were bitten. One of the victims, though not seriously injured, is Jason C. Darko, the 33-year-old son of Indianapolis lawyer Richard Darko, a neighbor of Mannweiler's at the lake retreat who is representing the plaintiffs.
A carpenter constructing a log cabin suffered severe enough wounds that the Mannweilers offered to take him to the hospital, the complaint claims . . .
The complaint charges that the Mannweilers are committing a nuisance by maintaining a dangerous dog of such "vicious propensities" . . .
According to the IBJ report, Mannweiler has promised to keep Lance confined to his property, but that's not sufficiently reassuring to the weary neighbors. They wanted an assurance he wouldn't bring Lance back to his Lake Monroe home. Mannweiler would not agree to that condition so they're headed to court.
Ironically, the report notes that Mannweiler authored legislation in 1993 as a legislator which made dog owners liable for their dogs' actions. The law makes dog owners responsible for damages resulting from a bite, and it subjects them to a Class C misdemeanor for intentionally failing to restrain a dog. Mannweiler currently works as a lobbyist for Bose Treacey & Associates.