Pit bull bites sheriff's deputy in arm in San Marcos

Dog shot twice, euthanized

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - A sheriff's deputy bitten on the left forearm by a pit bull in San Marcos was treated at a hospital and released, and the dog, which was shot twice, ended up being euthanized, authorities said Saturday.

The deputy was part of a group searching a house in the 400 block of Palm Road just before 8 p.m. Friday when he was attacked, said San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Mark Moreno. 

The dog latched onto the deputy's arm and would not let go, prompting other deputies to shoot the animal twice, Moreno said.

"The first round stunned the dog," he said. "The dog released his bite but attempted to bite the deputy again. The second round was then fired and the dog fled into an adjacent room where deputies secured the dog inside the room."

The deputy was taken to Palomar Hospital in Escondido, where he was treated and released, Moreno said.

Animal control officers took the pit bull to an animal hospital, where it was euthanized, he said.

Why deputies were searching the place was not disclosed. It was unclear if any arrests were made.

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