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Pit bull bites officer, owner charged
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A McMinnville police officer was bitten by a pit bull prompting charges against the dog’s owner for being a convicted felon and owning a vicious animal.The officer, patrolman Ben Cantrell, was treated at River Park Hospital for a bite injury to his left calf. The dog is being held in quarantine while authorities determine if its rabies shots are up to date. A determination of the animal’s fate will be made at a later date given rules against returning any dog which is considered a “vicious animal” to anyone living in the city limits.According to the officer, he had stopped at a residence on Vinewood Drive to look into a report of vicious dogs roaming the neighborhood.