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Officer trying to remove dog from intersection treated for bite

A new police officer ended up with bites to his legs while he was attempting to move an injured pit bull from a busy Merced intersection.

Officer Albert Diaz was treated at the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced following the 3:30 p.m. incident Saturday at Buena Vista Drive and R Street and returned to work, according to Lt. Andre Matthews of the Merced Police Department.

Diaz, Officer Christopher Cowings and Field Training Officer Krista Stokes were trying to move the dog to a bin used to transport injured animals for medical attention when it lunged and snapped at Diaz, latching onto Diaz' leg. It took several seconds of tussling with the injured animal before it released its grip and scurried to nearby bushes.

Officers ultimately restrained the dog, which had at least two broken legs, and took it to a local veterinarian. Matthews said unfortunately the dog's injuries from being struck by the car were too severe and doctors had to euthanize the dog.

The person responsible for hitting the pit bull has not been located. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the police department's Tipster Line at 385-4725.