ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) – A police dog attacked two people on a quiet street in Saline County. He's trained to go after the bad guys but on Monday night, his victims were just nearby neighbors in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"All of a sudden there is this growling and pulling and tearing at my left leg," said Norman Beth. "And he wouldn't let go. He meant business."
Beth was getting ready to water his lawn around 7 p.m., when he was attacked by a K-9, trained as a police dog.
"Seemed like a long time but probably wasn't five minutes at least," Beth said. "That's a long time when you're being attacked by a police dog."
His name is Ammo and he lives just across the street with his handler, a Little Rock Police Officer. According to a report from Saline County Sheriff's Office, Ammo escaped from his pen, jumped over a six-foot privacy fence and ran across the street. That's where he encountered Beth. He tried to fight off the dog with a tree branch.
"I finally got down to where I just had a nubbin' left and I worked my way to the garage door and got inside and closed the garage," Beth said.
Eleven stitches later, he's home from the hospital. Ammo also took a bite out of Beth's neighbor.
Sgt. Cassandra Davis with LRPD has taken preventative steps to ensure this doesn't happen again.
"Immediately, we've instructed our K-9 officers to implement some type of secondary locking device on that so that the dogs are no longer able to defeat that locking mechanism," she said.
The dog's handler was not at home when the dog escaped, and Davis said he won't be disciplined for the dog's actions.
"The dog right now is at home," Davis said. "According to Saline County, the dog bite is being treated as a vicious dog bite."
Under the Saline County vicious dog ordinance, the K-9 cannot report to work for the next 10 days.
After that, he'll be back to work.