Deputy Attacked by Dog, Forced to Shoot in Self-Defense – Charges Pending
UPDATE: 2:38 P.M. – According to officials, around 11 a.m. this morning, Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies and an Animal Enforcement Officer were dispatched to a call for service in the 9600 block of River Road in Spring Hill.
The male caller advised dispatchers his dog was attacked by a neighbor’s dog. During the attack, the male caller shot the neighbor’s dog and then called 911.
While responding to the call, deputies learned that the injured dog was being taken to a veterinarian by its owner. The dog is reportedly in very critical condition.
Upon arrival, Sergeant Dustin Mormando exited his vehicle and was walking on the sidewalk toward the residence of the original caller. The caller, along with his dog that had reportedly been attacked by the neighbor’s dog, were walking on the caller’s property. Suddenly, the dog left his owner’s side and charged at Sergeant Mormando, who quickly retreated to the street and attempted to get back to his vehicle. Within seconds, the dog caught up to Sergeant Mormando, biting him on the right thigh.
Sergeant Mormando immediately drew his service weapon and discharged it at the dog. The dog released him and ran back to his owner. The dog was not hit by the gunfire.
Sergeant Mormando suffered minor injuries from the dog bite and is being treated by a local physician.
The case is still active with charges pending.
SPRING HILL – Fire Rescue responded to the 9600 block of River Road this morning, after reports that a Sheriff’s Deputy had been attacked by a dog and was forced to shoot the animal in self-defense.
According to unconfirmed reports, a Sheriff’s Office Supervisor responded to what is believed to be an animal complaint on River Road when he was attacked by a dog. Sources say the deputy fired at least one shot, striking the animal, but the dog’s condition and whereabouts is unknown at this time.
Fire Rescue responded to the scene and escorted the deputy to an awaiting ambulance where he was treated and released.
RNRF has not received a response from the Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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