A Porterville-area man was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after he released three dangerous dogs, one of which bit an animal control officer, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday.
The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. Monday on Magnolia Street west of the city, a sheriff’s spokesperson reported. An officer went to a home to investigate a report of a dog attack and contacted Antonio Sanchez, who said the dogs were locked in a backyard shed.
Sanchez signed a form agreeing to turn the dogs over to the county, but refused to escort the dogs to the officer’s truck, the spokesperson said. The officer walked to the shed with Sanchez, who intentionally released the dogs, and one of the animals bit the officer on an ankle, according to the spokesperson.
Sheriff’s deputies helped the officer take control of the dogs.