A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a pit bull after it attacked its owner's girlfriend Monday night, officials reported.
The incident began at 6:11 p.m. when deputies arrived at a residence at 30700 U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor to arrest Michael P. Walker on charges of sale and possession of oxycodone, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
As deputies were leading Walker to a patrol car, they heard growling and yelling from inside.
Walker told the deputy it sounded like his girlfriend, Sheena Sovine, was being attacked by his dog, a 7-year-old male pit bull named Mojo.
Deputy Christopher Brady went inside and he found Mojo on top of Sovine, biting and pulling her across the living room floor, according to the news release. Brady tried to distract the dog, but he would not let go.
After several attempts to get the dog off Sovine, the animal let go of her and attacked Brady, biting him on his left forearm. As the attack continued, Brady shot the dog, which died at the scene, deputies said.
Sovine was taken to a hospital with bite wounds to her left arm and shoulder area that did not appear to be life-threatening. Brady was not injured.
Walker was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.