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Police Officer Shows Compassion to Dog Who Bit Him

In Round Rock, Texas, Geoffrey Wightman was at his home with his 4-year-old son and mother-in-law when he called 911 to report a disturbance. Wightman also told the operator that there was a dog at his home, who was protective of the family. Texas Officer Randall Frederick was sent to the home and arrived earlier than Wightman expected. So, his Australian Shepherd Jillaroo wasn't yet locked away. Frederick knocked on the door, and Wightman's son rushed to open it. Wightman said “The dog immediately jumped between him and the officer, and that’s when it was a little bit nerve-racking, because I was watching the dog bite him."

Jillaroo bit Frederick twice in the leg, piercing his skin. Yet, instead of pulling his gun, the officer tried to calm Jillaroo down. Shortly after, Animal Control arrived to monitor the dog and look over its most recent shot records. Wightman has also vowed to train the dog to prevent that type of situation from happening again. Round Rock Police Cmdr. Jim Stuart said “We talk about different ways to approach animals, to try and keep them from being aggressive towards officers. And if they do get aggressive, [we talk about] how to deescalate that.” Stuart noted that all Round Rock police officers are put through an eight-hour training period with a dog trainer in order to handle such situations while causing minimal harm. For the next 10 days, Jillaroo will be quarantined at home.

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The owner of Jillaroo is thankful to police for deescalating the situation instead of pulling a gun.

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