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Officer ends up in hospital after dog attack

A Humane Society officer ended up in the hospital after being attacked by a dog.

"I just seen the dog running, loose today when I had the chihuahua out," says Angie Carson a resident on Costigan Drive
in Lexington.

Carson lives across the street and was shocked about what she saw moments later. She says the neighbor's dog never caused any problems in the neighborhood until today.

"By the time I got back up here, they had all of that area blocked. Police, the ambulance, and the fire trucks, and they was putting her on a stretcher," adds Carson.

According to Chief Nathan Bowling of Animal Control, a neighbor called to report the pit bull running loose. When the officer arrived and tried to catch the dog, that's when Bowling says the dog attacked her.

After being treated at UK hospital for numerous dog bites, Sgt. Browning was released.

Chief Bowling says in his twenty-five years on the job, this dog attack ranks in the top five for the most severe.

The owner of the dog tells me that he didn't even know the dog escaped until there was nothing he could do. He says that he is sorry for what happened to the Animal Control Sergeant.

Browning has been with Animal Control as an assistant cruelty investigator since 2007.

The owner of the dog is now facing a vicious dog attack charge. The dog is being quarantined until the investigation is completed. It's unclear what will happen to this dog when that happens.

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