Norton Police officer attacked by pit bull

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NORTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A Norton Police officer was bitten by a pit bull while responding to a call on Union Road Monday afternoon.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, an officer responded to a report of a person bitten by a pit bull. The person was bit after the dog apparently made its way through a wire fence into the next-door neighbor’s yard, who owns a small dog.

Animal Control was notified, and determine the dog should be quarantined. As the owner of the pit bull brought it out on a leash, the dog "overpowered" the owner, and went after the officer, biting him and latching on to his forearm.

The officer was able to fight the dog off and tourniquet his own arm to stop it from "bleeding profusely." The officer was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, and was treated and released.  

The neighbor’s wounds did not require emergency medical attention.

The officer will remain out of work pending further evaluation.

The dog was taken by Animal Control.

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