The incident happened on Monday according to Chief Deputy Greg Fowler.
“Deputies along with probation and parole officers went to execute search warrants,” Fowler said. “After they were completing everything for the day, one of the investigators was going to take a picture with the dog. Rather than have someone else take the picture, he was going to take one with his cell phone. He put his arm around the dog and the dog took it as a sign of aggression.”
Fowler said that Deputy Brett Morrison was bitten in the area of his lip and lower jaw area.
The incident happened between 11 a.m. and noon. Morrison was transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton and then went to a physician’s office. Fowler said the private physician tended and stitched Morrison’s injuries.
“The dog reacted to its training,” Fowler said. “He is up-to-date on all vaccinations. When (Morrison) put his arm around the dog’s neck, the dog took it as a form of aggression.”
Fowler said that Morrison would return to duty after his recovery. Fowler also said that Animal Control officials had been notified of the incident and checked the dog’s vaccination history.
Morrison said that he blames no one for the incident.
“Bad things just happen sometimes,” Morrison said. “They don’t always have to be preceded by a bad decision.”
Morrison said prior to the incident he, the K-9 handler and another officer were waiting outside a home on other officers.
“The dog was let out of the car for a bathroom break,” Morrison said. “The dog was rubbing against our legs. He jumped up on the other officer, like he wanted to be petted, and he did the same thing to me. I’m pretty sure I already had my phone out because I had just made a phone call. I put my arm out to take the picture and apparentlyt the dog took that as a sign of aggression and bit me.”