Boxer Bites: Parker’s Pooches Pounce On Deputy

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A Cannon County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries sustained after being attacked by two dogs Sunday (March 8) while he was investigating an incident at a local residence.

Deputy Steve McMillen responded to 120 Mason St. to assist Woodbury Patrolman Patrick Fann following a report of an intoxicated person at the residence.

Upon arrival Deputy McMillen observed Patrolman Fann walking from the right side of the house to the front door. When he got to the front door, Patrolman Fann was already inside. Deputy McMillen opened the door and asked Patrolman Fann if he was OK. Patrolman Fann stated yes, and that the suspect had run inside the house.

Deputy McMillen entered the residence to assist Patrolman Fann in the search. As they were searching, Patrolman Fann went upstairs. Deputy McMillen remained at the bottom of the stairs.

As Deputy McMillen turned to look in the room beside the stairs, he saw Dorothy Parker standing outside the back door with two brown Boxer dogs. The dogs had been barking since the officers arrived.

When Deputy McMillen turned to look back up the stairs, one of the dogs attacked the calf of his right leg. Then the other dog jumped up and grabbed his right wrist. After the deputy was able to pull his wrist loose, he reached for his pepper spray and was able to spray the dog attacking his leg.

The second dog let loose of his bite, after which the first dog came at the deputy again. He pepper sprayed that dog in the mouth and then went out the front door.

After exiting the residence, Deputy McMillen advised Cannon County 911 that we was en route to the hospital to be treated for dog bites. While en route he observed his right wrist was bleeding and at the ER he noticed his right leg had scratches and a puncture wound.

While Deputy McMillen was at the ER, Sgt. Randy Neal and Deputy Eric Moss went to120 Mason St.and was advised by Dorothy Parker that the dogs had never been vaccinated. The dogs were taken to the Cannon County Animal Clinic.

Sheriff Darrell Young said this morning that Deputy McMillen is doing OK and that charges against Parker are pending.

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March 14, 2012 at 6:23pm
Poor dogs!! Sorry for the officer too! But these dogs were in their own home protecting what is their owners and their property. I am glad the officer was not seriously injured and only pepper-sprayed dogs.
March 15, 2012 at 4:00pm
I am relatively certain it is the legal responsibility of a dog's owner to keep him or her under control while visitors are on their property, and can be held liable for any harm caused by the dog. I think that would be the case if the visitor was a law officer responding to a report, a postman delivering the mail or a child wandering onto the property.
March 15, 2012 at 8:20pm
Was it ever said that Mrs.Parker gave consent for search? If not then they had no right legally to be there. And as for the children these dogs are big over grown puppies my 3 year old has been around them since she was born her and any one that's "welcome" there can roll around on these dogs I know that for a fact.
March 16, 2012 at 6:19am
The only justification I can think of for a dog's owner not to keep it under control at all times is if for some reason the owner suddenly becomes ill or injured. The dogs did not know whether or not Mrs. Parker gave consent to search, or whether the officers had a legal right to be there.
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