According to officials, two people have been arrested after a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized following an attack by a dog on Monday.
Deputy Annamaria DiLascio, 24, responded to a complaint at 9:07 a.m. concerning homeless people and their dogs disturbing people at a shopping center at 5662 Pine Street, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
When DiLascio got to the scene, she called for back-up to help restrain a dog, the agency said. She also repeatedly told the owners not to release their dogs.
But according to the Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Randy Betts release his dog. His pit bull terrier bit the deputy in her upper thigh and lower calf, the agency said.
More deputies got to the scene and arrested Betts after a struggle, the Sheriff’s Office said. He faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and trespassing after being given a warning.
Someone else at the scene, Ashley DeSouza, 33, was also arrested on a charge of trespassing after being given a warning.
Animal control officers took two dogs at the scene into custody. DiLascio was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and discharged.