Fountain County deputy attacked by pitbull

FOUNTAIN CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A Fountain County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after a dog attack.

According to Sheriff Bill Sanders, Deputy Scott Baldwin was serving civil papers to 3364 Bent Tree Drive. After knocking on the screen door, a dog came through the screen and started biting Baldwin.

Baldwin suffered wounds to his leg, hand, arm and groin. He was taken to the hospital and then released.

The dog’s owner, Reagan Bowyer, said the dog was being protective of his territory.

“I went out there and he had a hold of the police officer’s arm. As soon as I said his name, he let go. He did a double-look back at the police officer, but just grabbed him by his collar and he willingly walked in the house,” said Bowyer.

Sheriff Sanders said they called animal control.

“We called for animal control officers. They arrived at the scene, and they refused to take the dog off the property. They chose to let the owners quarantine it, which is not what we wanted,” said Sanders.

The owners are to quarantine the animal for 10 days. After that it will be tested for rabies.

The Bowyers breed dogs on their property. Sanders said this is not the first time deputies have dealt with a dog at this location.

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