Officer Joe Calderone, an eight-year veteran with the Stuart Police Department, stopped a woman driving her pickup truck for speeding. There was so much noise in the woman's vehicle coming from her pets that she stepped out of the truck to speak with the officer. Suddenly, her three dogs jumped over her, ran out, and started to bite the police officer.
Officer Calderone ran to the other side of his vehicle to escape from the dogs. The entire scene was caught on the dash camera.
The officer was bitten three times on the right knee and left thigh. His bites were treated at a nearby wellness center, and he is healing well.
"Nobody wants to shoot a dog, especially with their owner right there. Luckily I didn't have to," stated the officer, but the experience is a lesson reminding dog owners to warn authorities if your dogs are aggressive if in a similar experience. The officer was convinced the dogs were just trying to protect their owner. No dogs were injured.
There is no special training for handling dogs in stressful situations taught at the Stuart Police Department. With this week's tragedy, after a Baltimore policeman was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty for slashing a dog's neck after the animal was restrained, it is comforting to dog lovers that compassionate and quick thinking police officers are still doing their jobs.
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