Emergency crews and animal control officials responded to a Brentwood home Thursday morning amid reports that a dog bit a 1-year-old child.
"That's when the grandmother started to take out her camera, and that's when the dog reacted and bit," Burdo said.
The 9-year-old dog was not neutered or spayed, which may have affected the animal's temperament. The dog's old age also may have caused him to react to the camera.
"You can sometimes see some behavior issues, but not solely in the scenario," he said. "There will be dogs who are altered who may or may not do that as well."
Burdo stressed the importance of spaying or neutering pets, as it can curb the animal population and typically have a positive temperament effect on animals.
"Even in a supervised case like this, animals are animals and we don't always know how they're going to react," he said. "You always want to make sure that the child is safe around the dog, and the dog is always safe around the child."