PIERCETON – A Pierceton police officer was attacked by a female friend’s dog Thursday night and transported to a Fort Wayne hospital.
According to a press release this morning from the Pierceton Police Department, an emergency call was placed to Kosciusko County Central Dispatch in reference to a dog attacking an adult male at approximately 11:10 p.m. Thursday.
Medics responded to 408 S. First St., Pierceton, where the victim, off-duty Pierceton police officer Jim Bumbaugh, was found with severe injuries to both his arms and the back of his neck. His injuries were caused by the dog attacking Bumbaugh inside his home.
According to Pierceton Chief Tim Sammons, the dog belongs to a friend who lives with Bumbaugh, but the dog’s owner was not home at the time of the attack. Sammons was not sure who the owner was as of this morning, but said Bumbaugh’s family will notify the dog owner of the incident.
Bumbaugh was transported by ambulance to Parkview Hospital North, Fort Wayne, for his injuries. He is listed in stable condition, awaiting surgery, early this morning.
The dog, an adult male Bull Mastiff, was located inside the home by the Kosciusko County Animal Control officer. The dog was transported to the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, where it is being quarantined for 10 days.
Sammons said updated information will be released when it is available.
Assisting Pierceton police at the scene were Pierceton/Washington Township Fire and First Responders, Multi-Township EMS, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, and Winona Lake and Indiana State police.