INTERNET PICTURE OF TIBETAN MASTIFF
A woman and a Sioux Falls Police officer were bit after two dogs got loose on Friday morning.
At about 7 a.m. Friday, police said a woman was attacked by at least one dog near 1300 S. Elmwood Ave.
When police arrived, Captain Greg VandeKamp said an officer was also attacked in the right thigh while exiting his vehicle.
The officer managed to separate himself from the animal, but as the dog approached again, he fired two rounds. Neither the male or female dog sustained any injuries. VandeKamp said a knife may have shielded the officer's leg, and that it's unclear if the bites broke the skin.
Sioux Falls Animal Control later found and captured the two dogs. The male dog was described as a TIBETAN MASTIFF, and police think it was the primary aggressor.
The woman sustained injuries to her right arm and both legs from multiple bites. The officer received minor injuries to his thigh. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police said, under city ordinance, Chief Doug Barthel will determine if the dogs are vicious and if either animal should be euthanized.
VandeKamp said it appears the dogs were secured by the owners, but both were able to get loose. Both dogs are current on vaccinations No charges have been filed.