OAKLAND -- The investigation into an attack Monday afternoon by a pit bull-rottweiller mix that left an Oakland animal control officer with severe bite wounds on her forearm, hand and leg, continued Tuesday, authorities said.
The officer was treated and released for her injuries Monday evening at a hospital and the dog remained in isolated quarantine Tuesday at the Oakland Animal Shelter where it continued to growl and bark at employees, officials said.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the dog could be euthanized or its owner would have to severely restrict its movements and face heavy fines, officials said.
The officer, an eight-year-veteran, responded to the home in the 2200 block of 11th Avenue about 3:50 p.m. Monday to check on a complaint about a pit bull-rottweiler mix being kept in a confined space, police said.
The officer was talking to a resident outside the house when the 3-year-old male dog, which weighs at least 75 pounds, ran down a driveway and began attacking her, police said.
The officer, who was not carrying a catch pole, tried to fight off the dog with the help of the resident, and was injured in the process. She was able to escape to safety after the resident gave her the keys to the house where she went and radioed for help. The resident was able to get the dog into it a doghouse at the foot of a staircase and close a fence to the area until additional police officers and animal control officers arrived.
The dog's owner arrived a short time later, put a chain around the growling animal and surrendered him to officers.