Deputy bitten by dog while responding to call

Published 7:16 pm Friday, March 31, 2017

Warren County Deputy Sheriff Dustin Keys was bitten in the left leg by a dog on Friday when he was responding to a call on the 500 block of Kirkland Rd.

“He was responding to a complaint from a citizen that a neighbor’s dog had attacked his smaller dog in his yard,” Sheriff Martin Pace said. “Deputy Keys had made contact with the original caller and had gone to the home where the aggressive dog reportedly lived.”

According to Pace, Keys was getting out of his car when he was attacked in the left leg. The dog that attacked Keys was reportedly the same dog that was the cause of the original call.

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“It injured his leg and penetrated through his uniform pants,” Pace said. “He did have puncture wounds in his leg. He drove himself to the emergency room and he was treated and released for a dog bite.”

Pace said Key’s wound did not require stitches, but that he was given antibiotics as a precaution.

According to Georgia Lynn of the Vicksburg Warren Humane Society, the dog was a mixed breed with a medium build and long reddish brown hair. The Humane Society’s efforts to capture the dog Friday were unsuccessful, but a note was left for the owner to either bring the dog to the Humane Society or contact them to pick the dog up. Lynn said the owner later contacted her and agreed to bring the dog to the Humane Society Saturday morning.

According to Lynn, the dog did not have a visible rabies tag at the time of the attack.