By David Pierce, News & Messenger
Prince William police are on the lookout for a vicious dog after they said it bit a police officer in the neck on Saturday morning near Dumfries.
A resident who lives in the 16800 block of Jed Forest Lane, near the River Woods neighborhood, tied up a stray dog that they found nearby at 7:24 a.m., Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.
The dog, who police believe got away from its owner, was still attached to a retractable leash and was tangled in bushes in a wood line area near the home when found by responding officers, police said.
The dog bit the officer in the neck as he was trying to free the animal, Perok said.
The officer was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.
The dog, which got away after biting the officer, was described as being a young female brindle-colored pit bull mix, with a faded red color and a blue tag around its neck, police said.
Perok was unsure if the dog was possibly rabid late Monday since it is not in their custody.
Police ask that anybody who sees the dog should call them at 703-792-6500 and to steer clear of the animal for safety.