Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 12, 2012

Dog attacks officer on routine investigation

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A snarling, 100-pound dog chomped

down on a Grand Traverse sheriff deputy’s arm as he investigated

an illegal fire complaint.

Now, the dog’s owner faces a criminal charge for siccing the

animal on the deputy.

Deputy Matt Jerome was sent to investigate a complaint of someone illegally burning trash. When no one answered at the front door, the deputy walked around to the back of the home to check on the possible fire.

That's when a dog from inside the home barged out and attacked, biting Jerome on the arm. The officer then drew his gun and threatened to shoot when the owner of the home, Clyde Rex Robuck, 50, raced out and grabbed his pet.

Jerome was taken to the emergency room for treatment of his bites and abrasions.

Fire officials were summoned and determined Robuck was not in violation of any local fire ordinances.

Sheriff Tom Bensley said dog bites sometimes are a part of the job for deputies working in the field.

“Fortunately, in this case, the dog that was not up to date on its vaccina­tions didn’t have rabies, and Deputy Jerome wasn’t seriously injured," Bensley said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

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