Woman arrested after dog bites Hanceville Police Officer
HANCEVILLE, Ala. (WBRC) - Officials with the Hanceville Police Department say a woman has been arrested after her dog bit a police officer on July 19.
Authorities say that officers were responding to a call near the 500 block of County Road 540, after neighbors say a Pitbull attacked and severely injured their dog, and also tried to attack them.
Police say the officers then tried to find the dog and its owner. They went to a resident and found Shannon Michelle Cooper with a Pitbull on the leash. When officers tried to speak with Cooper, the dog was taken off of the leash, and attacked one of the officers, biting it several times in the leg. This prompted the officer to shoot the dog once, killing it.
Hanceville Assistant Chief Adam Hadder tells WBRC Fox 6 they believe the dog was released by its owner. He says when the dog attacked the officer, he didn’t have much of a choice.
“At the end of the day, I think most agencies -- police, law enforcement -- we don’t enjoy having to do that,” said Hadder. “It’s something we don’t like doing but sometimes it’s the only option you have. Maybe in the future it can be prevented in this situation. If you have a vicious-type dog, please keep it put up.”
The officer was taken to the hospital, and was treated for bites and other wounds. Since there was no proof of rabies vaccination for the dog, its remains were taken to a local veterinarian’s office to be tested.
The officer was released from the hospital on Friday morning. He is expected to recover.
Cooper was arrested and charged with Allowing Vicious Dog to Run at Large, Non-Control of a Dangerous Dog, Reckless Endangerment, and Third Degree Assault. She was taken to the Hanceville City Jail and is awaiting bond.
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