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Hello all, may I ask of your past experiences have been like as far as being bitten and attacked by animals in the past?

I found this article from a local animal control agency called SEAACA. The ACO had been mauled by a pit bull while simply doing his job:
PIT BULL MAULS SEAACA OFFICER IN LAKEWOOD

7 May 2008

Lakewood, CA … An animal control officer from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) in Downey was viciously mauled by a large male pit bull dog while on a routine check back at a home on the 6100 block of Briercrest Ave. in Lakewood.

The officer — who will remains anonymous for privacy reasons — made contact with the residents at 6112 Briercrest about too many pit bull dogs on the property. SEAACA records indicate several prior violations at that address involving their dogs, with one recent stipulation that the residents come into compliance with the number of dogs housed at the address. There is no record of dog licenses or rabies vaccinations on any dog at the address.

The 28-year-old animal control officer, a two year veteran at SEAACA, met with the dog owner who agreed to relinquish custody three of the five pit bulls on the property. The officer was escorted to the side gate by the dog owner and allowed to enter the property and attempt to capture the three dogs. SEAACA officials said the dogs appeared non-aggressive and able to be handled, but that a large male pit bull named "Rocky" changed its friendly demeanor and began to attack the officer.

The officer attempted to use his catch-pole and tactical baton to defend himself, but the pit bull eventually overpowered him. Responding to his screams for help, the owner finally pulled to dog off so the officer could get to his feet.

Lakewood Sheriff's Deputies and more SEAACA animal control officers responded to the scene and cordoned off the area until tranquilizer equipment arrived. The male pit bull was tranquilized by SEAACA officers and safely impounded moments later. All five dogs were signed over to SEAACA by the owner.

"This is a sad day for this officer, who has been hurt very badly simply trying to do his job," said Captain Aaron Reyes, Director of Operations for SEAACA. "We are looking into all the facts and trying to piece together everything that happened."

The attacking dog will be tested by the County Health Department for Rabies. Other pit bulls on the property — whose involvement in the attack is not yet entirely clear — will be humanely euthanized.

"From a public safety standpoint, it is critical that dog owners have control of their animals, maintain current vaccinations and a current dog license," stated Reyes.

"This was a brutal attack on a trained animal control officer. What if this had been a utility worker simply trying to read a meter?" Reyes continued. "Under certain circumstances, some dogs can pose a huge danger in the community, which is why we are so committed to promoting responsible, law abiding pet ownership."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the dogs living at 6112 Briercrest Ave. in Lakewood is asked to call SEAACA's Investigation Division at (562) 803-3301 x224.

http://www.seaaca.org/OfficerMauledbyPitBull.htm
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Here are a few previous threads on that topic. Don’t let this information scare you, this can be a dangerous job, and the more we are aware of the danger, then we are more sensitive to that danger. I’ve been at this about 21 years, and every now and then I’ll let my guard down, and that’s when I’ll end up in trouble.

The only thing that worries me anymore is a pack. If there are two or more, the one in front of you is not the problem, it is the one that gets behind you that is gonna get ya.

The one that sent me to the ER was an Australian Shepherd, which was totally cool until I got to the truck. When I opened the door, he totally freaked out on me, started flipping and rolling, and then he got tangled in the leash and came up like a yo-yo. When he got all the way up, he started chewing on my right hand, and when I pushed him away with my left, he bit me on the left wrist. At that point, I put my knee in his abdomen, and he forgot all about fighting with me and I got him loaded.

Of course, when the ACO is in the ER getting a puncture tended to, then everybody becomes a comedian and asks ”Has Animal Control been notified?”

http://www.acofunstop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5620

http://www.acofunstop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5935

http://www.acofunstop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6329

http://www.acofunstop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6200
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Just as a note, if I have a reasonably cooperative owner, I try to have them load the animal into my truck...the dog is usually compliant for the owner, and a dog that might get cranky on its own property usually calms down and is more cooperative once I get to the shelter (no territory to defend) and if it doesn't I can always get someone at the shelter or can call for an officer to help me unload and impound it.
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Of course, when the ACO is in the ER getting a puncture tended to, then everybody becomes a comedian and asks ”Has Animal Control been notified?”
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Thanks for the previous threads I will take a look.
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I absolutely agree with LTF, anytime we have a dog that is being released by their owner off of their property, we have the dog owner load the dog into the truck, with our assistance. Realize that you are entering their territory and most dogs will fight, rather than flight, especially with the owner present.
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On the other hand...we are not permitted to allow the owner to help load his animal. We've had lawsuits where the owner was bitten by his own dog while doing so. We are seen as the experts, it's our job. I always muzzle with the leash just on the off chance that they're gonna freak as you approach the truck. I will use the pole if I have to. We deal with aggressive dogs aggressively. We charge back. With all the tools on my belt, why not, I'm the one equipped and trained to deal with them and I do.

The only bite I suffered was my own fault. A minor bite, from a scared feral puppy that was so dehydrated that when I scruffed him, his loose skin allowed him to still turn his head around enough to nail me in the wrist. Not bad for 12 years in the field.

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I had a Min Pin scruffed once, and when I reached to open the compartment door, I suddenly felt this sharp pain in my thumb. The little demon had pulled loose, spun 180 degrees, latched onto my thumb and was just dangling there.
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I had a Min Pin scruffed once, and when I reached to open the compartment door, I suddenly felt this sharp pain in my thumb. The little demon had pulled loose, spun 180 degrees, latched onto my thumb and was just dangling there.
Thank God it wasn't a real Pin!
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The Min Pin just made me mad, but I had Great Dane once turn his head on its side and come straight for my knee, now that scared me.
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Here is my story.

http://www.acofunstop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6317

And I need to clarify, it was not a chow chow. She was a pit bull mix but she learned that move "the chow roll" from the local chow chow gang called "food food".....

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