The dog that bit a Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy and a woman on Tuesday is still alive and being treated for injuries sustained when he was shot by the deputy. But given that he bit two people, he likely will be euthanized even if he recovers from his injuries.
The incident happened Tuesday when the deputy went to the west Modesto home at which the dog lives on a report of a family fight. While the deputy was trying to separate people at the home, the 80-POUND DOG NAMED FISH bit and latched onto the deputy’s leg.
He wouldn’t let go, so the deputy shot him, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Fish retreated to the garage but not before biting the woman who’d called 911, also on the lower leg, the department said.
The dog was taken to Taylor Veterinary Emergency Hospital, where he is being treated.
Annette Patton, executive director of the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, said the case will be investigated and, depending on the severity of the bites, will likely be recommended for dog court.
If Fish is determined to be a potentially dangerous dog, a vicious dog or to have caused severe injury under the Food and Agriculture code, he will likely be euthanized.
However, Patton said it might not get to that point. She said in situations like these, particularly when there are mounting veterinarian bills, owners will often surrender their dogs to the animal service agency. Patton said a dog that attacked two people cannot be adopted, and it’s unlikely a rescue agency would take him.
Whether Fish dies of his injuries, is euthanized or survives, he will be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies.
The deputy, who had a moderate injury, and the woman, who had a minor injury, were taken by ambulance to local hospitals for treatment.