Officer Calms Dog After Being Bitten When Responding To Call

Geoff Wightman called Round Rock Police when he noticed a disturbance in his neighborhood. Geoff, a war veteran, told the dispatcher that his four-year-old son and his dog, an Australian Shepherd named Jillaroo, were at home with him.

Officer Randall Frederick responded to the call and Geoff’s son opened the door. Jillaroo saw a stranger approaching the young boy, and jumped up and bit the Officer.

Officer Frederick knew exactly how to handle the situation properly and tried hard to calm the dog down and let Jilaroo know that he wasn’t intending to harm the family.

Officer Randall Frederick responded to the call and drove to Geoff’s house. The man’s son opened the door, and when Jillaroo saw a stranger approaching the young boy, he responded immediately, jumping up and biting Officer Frederick on his leg.

Someone else may have struck back at the dog with violence, but Officer Frederick knew exactly how to handle the situation properly. He tried hard to calm the dog down and let Jillaroo know that he wasn’t intending any harm for the family.

The entire department has tried hard to teach their officers to appropriate ways to deal with dogs. The program they designed is called BARK (Be Aware of Residential K9s). If Officer Frederick’s response to Jillaroo is any indication, the program is most certainly working. We hope that this kind of behavior becomes the standard for police interaction with residential dogs.

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