Two pit bulls are believed to have charged a Eugene Water & Electric Board meter reader, with one of the animals biting the man in the arm as he tried to fight the dogs off with a metal rod, according to Eugene police.
The incident happened just after noon on Tuesday when a 62-year-old meter reader arrived at a home in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street, police said. The victim told police he rattled a side gate to check for dogs before he entered the yard. It was only then that a tan pit bull emerged and charged at the man, according to police.
The EWEB employee struck the dog with his metal reader rod, police said. That’s when a second, darker-colored pit bull emerged and bit the man in the arm, police said.
The victim filed a complaint about the incident under the city’s code for potentially dangerous dogs, police said.
An animal control officer arrived and impounded the biting dog, and it was later released to its owner after the owner signed a form with a “level 5” classification, which means the dog injured a human.
The owner is required to quarantine the dog accused of biting the man for 10 days.
She also must muzzle the dog when it’s not on her property, post warning signs, secure the dog’s enclosure, and make the dog wear an identification collar and tag provided by the city, police said.
Any such penalties can be appealed by the dog’s owner, whose identity was not revealed by police.
However, the woman was very compliant and signed the form without an appeal, police said. She also was cooperative at the scene, police said, and tried to help the victim with first aid after the biting incident.