Sheriff's deputy's dog takes a bite out of homeowner who just called 911

Deputy's dog attacks homeowner
Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 21:24:17-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) - A San Marcos man wants to know why a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy’s dog severely bit him after he invited the deputies into his home.

It happened Monday night at the man’s San Marcos home. Eric Jacobs said his family called 911 after hearing something in their garage. Jacobs left the garage open to cool the house.

“My bad. I left the garage door wide open,” said Jacobs.

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Jacobs grabbed a bat, headed downstairs, and closed the garage door to possibly trap whoever was inside the garage. He said the deputies arrived a few minutes later with a K9.

“Black German Shepherd,” recalled Jacobs. “Largest one I’ve ever seen.”

Jacobs said the deputies let the dog off its leash to search the garage while Jacobs stood downstairs on the other side of the house. However, something went wrong.

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“Through that doorway, I see the dog looking right at me, nobody around, just me and the dog,” said a terrified Jacobs.

He said the K9 slowly walked up to him and began to sniff his knee. Jacobs said he stood completely still because running might set lead the dog to attack. 

It didn’t matter.

“I’m just hoping that that’s all it’s going to do and somebody’s going to come and they’re going to call it away but what happens is it just quickly lunges and grabs the back of my calf,” he remembered. “It holds on like there’s no tomorrow and we’re not able to get it to release for approximately two minutes.”

It took the strength of both deputies to pull the dog off Jacobs, who suffered a severed tendon, blood vessel, and muscles.

“I don’t understand why the dog was loose inside our house,” he wondered.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ryan Keim said:

“K-9's are a valuable law enforcement tool that allow deputies to search vast areas, apprehend dangerous suspects and locate hard-to-find evidence on a daily basis. The Sheriff's K-9 unit completes thousands of safe and successful deployments each year. The Sheriff's Department has initiated an investigation in order to ensure we are operating as safely as possible and providing the highest levels of law enforcement services to the residents of San Diego County.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the police department and they, I liked the officers. I have no ill will toward the officers whatsoever,” said Jacobs.

He wanted to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

In the meantime, the deputies never found anyone in the garage but Jacobs said there was evidence that someone was in there.