Officer's dash camera shows how three dogs attacked him at a traffic stop

STUART, Fla. - It's a video that has people talking on social media. A police officer pulled someone over in Stuart and then was attacked by three dogs.

The attack was caught on the camera inside his patrol car.

"It just happened so quick," says Stuart Police Officer Joe Calderone.
 
The video shows three dogs jumping out of a truck and then biting Ofc. Calderone three times. 
 
"They bit my right knee and behind my left thigh," says Ofc. Calderone.
 
He then runs off camera to the passenger side of his patrol car to get away from the dogs.
 
"Just a quick thought to get some separation from the dogs, get some distance in between so I didn't keep getting bit," says Ofc. Calderone.
 
It all began when Ofc. Calderone pulled the woman over for speeding last Thursday.
 
"I couldn't really hear what she was saying, so she got out of her car," says Ofc. Calderone, an eight-year veteran on the force, "While she was trying to get out of the car the dogs kind of rushed over her."
 
He went to a wellness clinic after the incident. His injuries have healed quickly. 

"They cleaned it up, put a bandage on it, gave me a tetanus shot," says Ofc. Calderone.
 
He thinks the dogs were trying to protect their owner. He's relieved he was able to get away.
 
"Nobody wants to shoot a dog especially with their owner right there," says Ofc. Calderone, "Luckily I didn't have to."
 
The Stuart Police Department says officers don't receive formal training for situations like this one. The video is a good lesson for everyone.
 
"Obviously officers will be more alert in these situations and we ask people if you do have dogs that could be aggressive to let us know right off the bat, roll down your window and tell us that," says Ofc. Brian Bossio.

Police say the dogs' owner was cited by animal control.  


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