Richmond officer on leave after being bitten by dog

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Officers found the dog neighbors had called to complain about tied up outside it's owner's home.

Neighbors told police the pitbull was terrorizing several pets in the area.

"This dog was overly aggressive. This guy would have to lock it up and lock it in his house even when people would walk by. Everyone didn't want their pet out, everyone had to keep their pet inside," said Andrew Hartwell. Hartwell added his own dog had been attacked by the pitbull in the past.

When an officer approached the front porch to talk to the owner, the dog broke free from its leash and attacked the officer.
The dog latched on to his arm, bit down deeply, and did not let go.
So the officer and another Richmond police officer pulled their weapons and fired at the dog, killing it.

"Obviously our officers acted appropriately based on what happened to them," said Assistant Chief Bob Mott, with the Richmond Police Department.

The officer had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Police say the owner has been cited for harboring a menacing animal.

Mott told WKYT the pet's owner told officers on scene the dog was up to date on it's vaccinations. But when officers check with a local vet, they said they had no records for the dog. So a blood panel had to be performed to make sure the dog had no dangerous diseases.

We knocked on the dog owners door to ask them questions about the incident, but no one answered.

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