Keyser Police Department officer Chris Paitsel is recovering from wounds he suffered to his hand and legs Sunday after he was attacked by a PIT BULL MIX during the line of duty.
A spokesman for the Keyser Police Department said they received an animal complaint call on the 100 block of Vernon Street Sunday, June 12, at approximately 1:58 p.m.The caller advised that the dog was in their yard and they could not get it to leave.
Officer Hiram Stump said the call was to be his but Officer Paitsel said he would respond.
After arrival on the scene Officer Paitsel radioed out for help. According to Stump, Officer Paisel was requesting back up and EMS to the scene.
“He said he was being bitten by the dog and was trying to get the dog off him and he needed back up,” said Stump. “I was on the scene within a minute.”
Also responding to their fellow officer in need was an on-duty deputy from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and two off-duty officers, one being a Keyser Police officer and another being a sheriff’s deputy who had heard the call from home.
Upon arrival the officers had found that Paitsel had gotten away from the dog, which had been tied at the time of the attack. According to officials the owners of the dog were not home and had left the dog tied with a reach that went well past their yard and allowed the dog to go to the back door of their neighbors house.
Keyser EMS Company 57 transported Officer Paitsel to WVU Potomac Valley Hospital with bites to his right hand and both his legs.
At this time the extent of the damages to Officer Patisel’s hand is unknown. He has been treated and released.
Mineral County Animal Control was called to the scene and is handling the investigation. The Keyser Police Department do not investigate incidents when one of their own is hurt.
Humane officer Melissa Kidwell said Monday that the dog is in their custody at this time. The dog did not have a current rabies shot and was being held for the mandatory confinement of ten days.
According to Kidwell, the owners have been warned numerous times and they knew their dog was aggressive. During one visit from Animal Control for a prior issue with the same dog , it had allegedly come at humane officer Daniel Miller, who was forced to deploy his slap stick.
Kidwell said the owners had been given multiple warnings and were told the requirements they had to meet for having the dog, but they did none of them.