Officer Rodriguez suffered bites to his thighs and his right foot after the dog punctured his service boot. Itlatched onto his right leg and that’s when Officer Rivera used her pole to hit the dog so it would releaseitself from her colleague’s leg. As the dog let go, it attacked Officer Rivera, biting her in the stomach.
They ultimately secured the dog and loaded it onto their truck. Immediately after that, Officer Rivera drove herself and Officer Rodriguez to the Riverside Medical Clinic for treatment.
The dog, a male, 5-year-old pit bull named Chato, was relinquished by its owner for humane euthanasia. The dog has since been euthanized.
“This is a very unfortunate incident – and preventable,” Mayer said. “Our officers are used to handling vicious dogs and aggressive dogs. But when someone tells us they are going to secure a dog, we take that ingood faith.”
Officer Rivera and Rodriguez were treated and released and are now recovering. “It’s saddening to learn two of our officers were injured in this manner,” Mayer said. “I hope they both heal well and will be backwith our team soon.”