A Riverside County animal control officer is recovering from puncture wounds and lacerations to his right leg when he was attacked by a pit bull dog.
Officer Michael Cox was called to Mt Vernon Avenue in Riverside at 11:20 a-m on Monday Aug 24th 2021.
A property owner there reported that 4 dogs were on his vacant fenced property.
The dogs were friendly initially, but then one of those dogs, a pit bull, bit the Officer’s right leg and a second dog, also a pit bull, joined in the attack.
Officer Cox was able to escape thanks to his baton and pepper spray.
He called for help. Riverside firefighters provided medical aid and bandaged Officer Cox’s leg, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Three of the four dogs were impounded. The fourth – one of the two that had attacked Officer Cox, – managed to break
through a gate at the rear of the property and escaped into the nearby hills.
The three dogs were scanned for microchips and all three are owned by the same woman, and she homeless.
She is facing citations for failure to vaccinate and license her pets.
The county has helped her out in the past with spay and neuter procedures for her pets.
Riverside County Animal Services Officer MIke Cox, shown here rescuing a chicken from the Bobcat Fire near Los Angeles in September 2020.
Photo from Riverside County Animal Services Dept