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Dog bites Niagara police officer, owner faces $660 in fines from animal services

A Niagara man is facing two fines worth $660 from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after Niagara police say his dog bit an officer.

SPCA fined the 21-year-old owner for not keeping the dog under control and for the dog attacking a person

Niagara police say a dog bit one of its officers. (Laura Clementson/CBC)

A Niagara man is facing two fines worth $660 from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after police say his dog bit an officer.

Niagara police say officers responded to a minor crash near Thorold Road and First Avenue in Welland on Tuesday evening.

One of the vehicles had a tan-coloured Bullmastiff mixed breed dog, police say.

While the officer was providing information to the drivers, the owner exited the vehicle with the dog.

Then, the dog got loose, ran at the investigating officer and latched onto his left wrist.

Police say the officer went to a local hospital and had minor injuries.

SPCA fined the 21-year-old owner for not keeping the dog under control and for the dog attacking a person.

The agency also also ordered him to muzzle the dog whenever outside of the home.

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