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Pit bull shot by deputy was not killed during the incident, KCSO says

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 20:28:04-05

UPDATE (1/24, 4:15 p.m.) The Kern County Sheriff's Office released more information having to do with a deputy shooting a 3-year-old pit bull on Jan. 22.

According to KCSO, deputies were conducting an investigation on Valencia Drive at around 3:30 p.m. with the help of Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service's Mobile Evaluation Team (MET).

The MET team represents a partnership between law enforcement and Kern Behavioral Health and responds to calls with deputies involving people experiencing mental health crises.

During this investigation, the pit bull broke loose from the side yard of a home and attacked one of the MET members who was talking to someone in the front yard.

One of the deputies attempted to use his taser to stop the dog, but KCSO said it had no effect on the dog.

The dog continued attacking the MET member and bit him on his left forearm and right ankle. The deputy then fired one shot from his firearm and the dog was immobilized.

The MET member was taken to Kern Medical for his injuries but was later released. No one else suffered any injuries and the dog was not killed during this incident.

KCSO said Kern County Animal Control responded and seized the dog.