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Dog bites 2, including cop

 Posted: 9:15 AM July 01, 2009

A pit bull bit two people, including a Medford police officer, Monday and landed in quarantine for 10 days while Jackson County Animal Control investigates.

A 28-year-old woman in the 500 block of Kenwood Avenue reported that she was sitting on her porch and saw a neighbor's pit bull in her yard. She approached and gave the dog a biscuit, which it took, then dropped and lunged at her, biting her hand, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

She called police and officer Shawn Vollrath responded. He talked to her, then approached the house where the dog lived.

As he walked up the driveway, the dog's owner, Johnie Perez, 32, came out the open front door and the dog, an 8-year-old pit bull named Freeze, raced around him and charged at the officer. Vollrath kicked the dog away and it jumped back and bit his upper left leg.

Animal control officers seized the dog. State law requires 10-day quarantine for a dog that has bitten a person to confirm that the dog doesn't have rabies.

Doney said Perez had no record of vaccinations for the dog. Perez told police that the dog was very protective of him and his family, but it had never been aggressive or bit someone before.

He was cited on two counts of having a dangerous dog, Doney said.

Jackson County animal shelter director Colleen Macuk said officers will investigate the incident and decide the future of the dog.

— Anita Burke


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