A deputy shot a pit bull Monday after the animal attacked a county mental health worker during an investigation, sheriff's officials said.
The 3-year-old dog survived the 3:30 p.m. shooting in the 2000 block of Valencia Drive, east of Fairfax Road and north of Niles Street, and was seized by Animal Control officers.
The person who was attacked is a member of the county's Behavioral Health and Recovery Service's Mobile Evaluation Team (MET), which assists deputies in investigations involving people experiencing mental health crises, sheriff's officials said.
On Monday, the MET member was talking with someone in a front yard when the pit bull came racing from a side yard and bit him, according to sheriff's officials. A deputy tried deploying a Taser to stop the attack, but it had no effect.
The dog continued attacking the MET member, biting him on his left forearm and right ankle, according to the Sheriff's Office. The deputy then fired one shot, striking the dog.
The MET member was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment and later released.