Officer shoots at dogs after being bit by one

Published 2:18 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

PRESS RELEASE —  On Sunday, August 25, 2019, at approximately 11:45 AM, the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of 2 aggressive dogs in the 500 Block of Alamo. The caller advised that 2 dogs were in his yard acting aggressive. Upon arrival the officer did not see the dogs. As she went to make contact with the complainant / caller, in his front yard, the dogs charged the officer from the yard next door. The officer deployed her Taser with no effect on the dogs. As she turned to retreat towards the street and her patrol  vehicle, one of the dogs bit her on her left forearm. The officer discharged her firearm missing the dog and stopping the attack. The dogs retreated to their yard.

The officer retreated to her vehicle taking a defensive position behind the driver’s door. The dogs approached the front of her vehicle before coming at her from the rear of the vehicle. The officer discharged her firearm striking one dog and the second dog ran away. One dog was deceased, and the second dog was taken into custody by animal control. The officer was transported to a local medical facility for treatment for the dog bite. Neither animal had a rabies vaccination. We are awaiting results of the rabies testing and quarantine. The investigation showed that the dogs had broken through gate of their enclosed backyard. The attack took place in the complainant’s / caller’s front yard and the roadway.