Animal control officer treated for bites after dog attacks


From staff reports

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Pasquotank County animal control officer was treated for multiple dog bites Monday after he was attacked by a pit-bull dog while trying to take another pit bull into custody.

Officer Nicholas Williams suffered bites to his right hand, right forearm, back and back side of his left leg during the incident, Sheriff Tommy Wooten said.

Williams was treated at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and released, Wooten said. Williams is expected to return to work on Friday, the sheriff added.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Williams had gone to the 900 block of Cedar Street about 11:41 a.m. in response to a report that a dog had bitten a local man. The man told Williams he had been out walking his dog when a pit bull attempted to attack the dog. The man said when he tried to defend his dog, the pit bull bit him on the arm.

Williams located two pit bulls running loose near the area where the man said he had been bitten, and he apprehended one of the dogs with a catch pole device, according to the release. While Williams was attempting to secure the dog in his vehicle, the second dog approached and attacked him, the release states.

Williams called for help, and Elizabeth City police officers soon arrived, a press release from Elizabeth City police states. As the dog continued to attack Williams, a police officer shot the dog, striking it in its front legs.

While officers provided first aid to Williams, other officers chased down the dogs, who had fled. After the dogs were located a short distance away, both were taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office, police said.

Wooten said the dog that was shot was treated at a local veterinarian’s office.

“The dog is being cared for,” he said.

Both pit-bull dogs remain in animal control’s custody, Wooten said. It’s too early to say what will happen to them, he said.

“There are multiple possibilities right now,” Wooten said.

Criminal charges against the dogs’ owners are possible following completion of an investigation, he also said.