Officer-in-charge of York police, Sgt Mark Gubanyi, said the dog was considered dangerous because of its breed and it would be returned to its owners, but they would have to comply with dangerous dog legislation.
Two officers attended a property on Grey Street, when the american pit bull attacked Const Alex Timms in the front yard of the property.
Sgt Gubanyi said the attack was quick and unprovoked.
‘The dog latched on to his abdomen,’ he said.
‘He managed to pull the dog off him and the owner restrained it.’
Const Timms received puncture wounds and was treated at the Northam District Hospital.
The Shire of York ranger seized the dog. ‘The dog will have to wear an orange collar in public to show it’s a dangerous dog, it will have to be sterilised, microchipped and the owners will have to install a 6-foot high fence,’ he said.
‘We won’t seek a destruction order ” it’s a family pet.
‘If you have a breed of dog that falls into this category contact the York ranger for information.’