VENTNOR, N.J. – A police officer in southern New Jersey is recovering from surgery after she was attacked by her partner, a police dog.
Ventnor Police Officer Jamie Pirchio sustained injuries to her legs, arms and hands.
Police Chief Michael Miller tells The Press of Atlantic City Pirchio was attempting to feed Niko in her Northfield home when the dog got distracted and attacked her.
Pirchio managed to get the dog back in its cage and ran to a neighbor for help.
Ventnor purchased the dog for $6,800.
The police chief says Pirchio is on medical leave while Niko will remain in a kennel until officials decide whether the dog can remain on the police force.