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Family's small dog injured when police K9 jumps fence and attacks

Small dog attacked by police K9
Small dog attacked by police K9
Screen shot via WLTX News

According to Friday's WLTX News, a small dog in Richland County, S.C., suffered serious injuries after a police canine jumped over a fence and attacked.

On Wednesday, Zion, a Pomeranian, had been playing with Lisa Gidderon and Licole Dotson-Gidderon's other dog when the unexpected, and unwelcome, dog jumped over the fence. Lisa Gidderon told WLTX News:

I turned around, and said something to Licole, turned back around, and noticed that's when a dog was in our yard with my dog in it's mouth,

I heard Zion (scream) and Alvin was barking, running around in circles around him trying to help him out,

Zion was seriously injured, suffering two broken legs which have required two surgeries to repair the damage thus far.

The police canine responsible for the attack had been at the home of the deputy who lives the other side of the fence - when animal control was called out after the attack, they issued a citation to the canine's handler, who initially refused it. The deputy who had the dog at his home allegedly advised the animal control officer that the K9 was simply protecting him from the two small dogs.

Following the attack, the Richland County Sheriff's Department appears to be backing the animal control's decision. As of Friday, the department not only agreed to pay for the injured dog's veterinary expenses, but they are also willing to accept any citation that resulted from the attack.

Click here to watch the WLTX News report about last week's incident.

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