Oakdale, CA — A Stanislaus County Sheriff´s detective is recovering from being attacked by a pit bull yesterday.
Detective Joe Mello was investigating an identity theft case in Oakdale when the dog came outside its owner´s house and bit the detective´s right hand.
Mello fought the dog off and the owner tried to call the dog away. But the pit bull went after the detective again, prompting the detective to shoot and kill it. Mello was treated at a hospital for several puncture wounds to his hand.