WILCOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Newaygo County sheriff’s deputy was attacked by a pit bull while policing a trespassing complaint over the weekend.
The deputy responded to the complaint in the 2900 block of Third Street just after 6 p.m. Sunday. When he knocked on the door, a child answered and several dogs came running out of the house, according to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the dogs attacked the deputy, biting him several times on the hand.
Concerned for the safety of the child, “the deputy was able to subdue the pit bull by hand,” Newaygo County Undersheriff Brian Boyd told 24 Hour News 8.
The situation intensified as another dog became involved. As the deputy tried to gain control of the dog that bit him, a second dog started biting the first one.
The deputy suffered puncture wounds to his right hand. After being transported by ambulance to an area hospital, the deputy was treated, released and allowed to return to work.
The pit bull was taken into custody by animal control and placed in quarantine, which is standard protocol when dealing with a dog bite complaint.
The trespassing and dog bite reports will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine what should happen to the suspect and the pit bull.