Dog bites officer’s leg; owner receives warning

Published 11:01 am Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A pet owner received a “potentially dangerous dog” warning after his dog reportedly bit an Austin police officer’s leg Tuesday night.

The officer was speaking with the homeowner in the 1500 block of Fourth Street Southeast when the pet owner’s 5-year-old male schnoodle (schnauzer-poodle mix) bit the officer in the shin and left several punctures, according to the police report. The officer went to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, was treated, released and finished his shift.

The report added the dog was current on all of its shots, and the officer finished his shift without problems. If the owner is cited a second time, the issue will go before the city council, which will determine whether the dog should be deemed as “dangerous.”

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