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Deputies kill dog after it severely injures Randolph Co. woman

Deputies were forced to kill an extremely aggressive dog after officers found its owner bleeding profusely from her face and other areas while being attacked.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 1:19 PM EST
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Deputies were forced to kill an extremely aggressive dog after officers found its owner bleeding profusely from her face and other areas while being attacked.

Officers responded to a Randolph County home on Feb. 19 in regards to a report of threats being made at the home, according to a report from Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival to the home, officers said multiple people were outside of the home and said there was one woman inside the home being bitten by a dog.

Officers said they could hear the woman screaming and a dog barking before entering the home to find a woman laying on her back.

The report says the woman was bleeding profusely from her face and other areas while being attacked by a brown pit-bull that was standing on her.

A can of pepper spray was deployed to the dog’s face and a taser was used to end the attack and allow deputies to remove the woman from the residence, according to the report.

Officers said the woman, who was an owner of the dog, received multiple severe injuries from the attack and was transported to Davis Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The next day, on Feb. 20, officers said they made contact with a Randolph County Humane Officer and made arrangements to return to the home regarding the dog’s rabies vaccination status.

When officers arrived at the home, they encountered the dog and its other owner along a creek behind the residence.

The report says the dog was not leashed at the time, and the decision was made to seize and quarantine the dog.

The owner of the dog agreed to walk the dog to a kennel so it could be placed into the Humane Officer’s vehicle, according to officers, but the owner was visibly apprehensive with placing the dog into the kennel.

After several failed attempts, deputies said that the decision was made to use a catch pole to quickly restrain the dog and guide it into the kennel.

Officers said the dog became extremely aggressive once the catch pole was attached to it, and two officers attempted to guide the dog into the kennel using the catch pole but were unable to do so.

The Randolph County dog warden told 5 News that the dog bent the catch pole, creating a danger for officers and other nearby people on the scene.

The report says officers determined that the safest way to contain the attacking dog was to kill it on the scene.

The reasoning for this was for safety reasons to prevent more people from being injured by the dog, according to the dog warden.

The dog was then killed and transported to the Randolph County Humane Society to be further examined.

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