A Riverside County animal control officer was hospitalized Monday after suffering punctures and lacerations to his leg following an attack by two pit bulls, officials said.
Officer Michael Cox responded to a call in the 2500 block of Mount Vernon Avenue in Riverside around 11:20 a.m., regarding a complaint from a property owner claiming four dogs were on his vacant, fenced property, Riverside County Animal Services said in a news release.
The dogs appeared to be friendly at first but then one of them bit Cox’s right leg, according to the agency. A second dog then joined in the attack.
Both dogs involved were described as adult pit bulls.
The officer retreated while using his retractable containment baton and pepper spray, the agency said. Once he reached safety, he contacted an Animal Services dispatcher who informed the Riverside Fire Department.
Firefighters bandaged Cox’s leg and transported him to a local