Deputy attacked by pit bull; owner charged

Deputy attacked by pit bull; owner charged

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A pit bull that is accused of being on the loose and terrorizing a mother and daughter is dead after attacking a deputy who responded to their call for help.

Cpl. Derick Seckinger suffered puncture wounds to his arms and chest in the pit bull attack on Thursday afternoon, according to Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor.

It happened just after 1 p.m. Thursday when Seckinger was responding to the call in the 1300 block of Clyo-Shawnee on a report of a dog at large.

"The dog was being aggressive towards people," according to Ehsanipoor. As the deputy was walking toward the residence, the pit bull attacked. Seckinger had several bites on his arm and chest.

Ehsanipoor said the dog mauled the officer before he was able to reach his gun and shoot the dog.

The deputy fired two rounds in self defense, according to the ECSO. He was treated at a hospital and has since been released.

The dog survived the gunshots, was turned over to animal control and then euthanized.

Michael Jenkins, 33, of Clyo, has been charged with dog at large. Ehsanipoor said the sheriff's office has been at this home several times in the past for other dogs he owns being at large.

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