Grover Beach officer owned dog that attacked old woman
December 16, 2016
The K9 officer-type dog that attacked and nearly killed an 85-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man belonged to a Grover Beach policeman, according to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
Authorities have not identified the officer or stated whether he could face any charges or disciplinary measures. The victims of the dog attack remain in the hospital with serious injuries.
The Belgian Malinois was a personal pet of the Grover Beach officer, and was not a city-owned animal, according to a press release issued by Animal Services.
Around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Grover Beach police officers and Five Cities Fire Authority personnel responded to reports of a dog attack in the 1100 block of Nacimiento Road. Responders found two dogs running at large and two victims who were suffering from serious injuries.
One of the dogs was a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. The second dog was a German Shepherd that also belonged to the Grover Beach officer.
Responders determined the Belgian Malinois was the more aggressive dog.
Medical personnel arrived, provided care at the scene and transported both victims to the hospital.
David Fear, 64, lost six pints of blood as a result of the attack. The dog bites severed two arteries in his arm, and Fear developed an infection from the bites.
KSBY reports Fear has been put on dialysis because his kidneys were failing and he was suffering liver issues. Fear remains in critical condition, but his condition is said to be improving.
Fear is being described as a hero who possibly saved the life of his neighbor, Betty Long, 85, who suffered a broken pelvis, broken shoulder and head wounds during the attack. Long is currently in fair condition.
An Animal Services investigation is ongoing. The Grover Beach officer who owned the dogs is cooperating with investigators, according to the agency.
The officer turned over the Belgian Malinois to authorities, and the dog has already been euthanized. The dog was also tested for rabies.
The Grover Beach Police Department is assisting with the Animal Services investigation, but is not the lead agency due to protocol for dog bite cases. Grover Beach police are not commenting on the incident and are referring all questions to Animal Services.