Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tennessee: Doberman has to be tased to stop attack on firefighter and bystander

TENNESSEE -- A Shelbyville firefighter was injured Friday morning when a Doberman Pinscher belonging to a neighbor attacked at least two people at a house fire on Jarrell Street.

The firefighter was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment, sources said. City Manager Shanna Boyette would not release the firefighter’s name, citing HIPAA health privacy regulations.

She did say at least one other person at the scene was treated for cuts inflicted by the dog.

A city police officer used a taser to bring the dog under control, bystanders said.

The dog has caused problems in the neighborhood for some time, according to comments on social media.

Police were unavailable for comment Saturday,

Heavy smoke

Smoke was pouring from the home on the 300 block of Jarrell Street when firefighters arrived about 10:30 a.m.

No flames were visible, but acting fire chief Matt Doak said the home suffered “extensive damage.”

The occupants were away, but firefighters removed a dog from the home. That dog — which was not the one that attacked bystanders — emerged with no signs of distress and was placed in the care of neighbors.

The fire is “under investigation” and no cause or origin had been determined as of Saturday, Doak said. Real estate records show the house is rental property owned by Warren and Dena Landers of Shelbyville.

(Shelbyville Times - January 14, 2018)

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