Dog scheduled to be euthanized severely bites animal care worker

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - An animal care worker is being treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center after being bitten by a dog scheduled to be euthanized Wednesday, said Capt. Dave Walesky, spokesman for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

The woman “was bitten severely in the leg,” Walesky said.

The dog was in quarantine at the animal shelter after biting two people, Walesky said. Because of his behavior, a decision had been made to euthanize the American Staffordshire Terrier.

The dog weighed well over 100 pounds, according to Walesky.

He said the worker brought the dog in the room to be euthanized, fed him a snack or two, but should not have played with him.

“If the dog is acting friendly you know and you can give that dog a peaceful euthanasia that's what you rather. In this case we should have still been able to back up and tranquilize the dog ahead of time and work with him in a sedated state. You know, we are going to look into that and see what we can do differently," Walesky said.

The dog was euthanized after the incident.

The dog’s remains are being sent to be tested for rabies.

It’s unclear how long the worker will remain in the hospital.