Central California man arrested after releasing dog that attacked animal control officer

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PORTERVILLE, California — Authorities say a Central California man was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after he released three dangerous dogs and one of them bit an animal control officer.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1KL40Jj) the officer went to a home in Porterville to investigate a report of a dog attack and contacted Antonio Sanchez, who said the dogs were locked in a backyard shed.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department says Sanchez signed a form agreeing to turn the dogs over to the county, but refused to escort the dogs to the officer's truck.

The officer walked to the shed with Sanchez, who intentionally released the dogs, and one of the animals bit the officer on an ankle Monday.

Sheriff's deputies helped the officer take control of the dogs.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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