Friday, December 26, 2008

Harris County deputy recovering after dog attack

More IGNORANT owners & more ignorant police....the policeman couldn't see due to the darkness and fell down YET he KNEW it was safe to fire shots....hmmmmmmm......and the owners didn't hear shots right outside their home?? Geez people....

A Harris County sheriff's deputy is recovering at home after suffering numerous bites during a confrontation with two dogs outside a Channelview home, authorities said.

Deputy Jason Ricamore originally was thought to have been bitten by a pit bull terrier, but said Thursday that he believes it was a Rottweiler that bit him, although a pit bull also was involved, said Lt. John Legg.

"He's pretty scarred up," Legg said.

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday after Ricamore and Deputy Lisa Heiden were dispatched to investigate a report of a disturbance in the 900 block of Pennygent, Legg said.

The front yard of the home is fenced, Legg said, and Ricamore rattled the gate before entering because he wanted to see whether any dogs were outside.

The deputies did not see any dogs and decided to approach the house because the front door was slightly ajar and they could hear people arguing inside, Legg said.

As they approached, however, the two officers were confronted by the Rottweiler and a pit bull, Ricamore told Legg. He said he and Heiden quickly backed toward the gate, but they stumbled in the darkness and fell.

Ricamore kicked his feet to keep the dogs at bay, Legg said, but the Rottweiler bit him on the face, neck and body. The deputy finally drew his pistol and fired at least two shots because he knew he was in a position where the bullets would not endanger any people, Legg said.

The dogs finally retreated and the deputies got outside the fence. Ricamore was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he received five stitches to close a wound on his right cheek. He also was treated for puncture wounds, Legg said.

Deputies later learned that one of the dogs was hit by two of Ricamore's shots, but survived. Harris County Animal Control officials will investigate, but no charges have been filed since the dogs were within a fence, Legg said.

Although some neighbors heard the commotion and came outside, the dogs' owners told investigators that they did not because they didn't hear anything, Legg said.

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