Florida deputy fatally shoots suspect's dog

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - A Brevard County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a dog after it bit his hand during a domestic violence call.

Sheriff's spokesman Dave Jacobs told Florida Today that deputies responded to a Merritt Island home on Thursday and learned that the victim had been battered by a man and bitten by his dog.

Deputies spotted the suspect driving nearby and stopped his vehicle. They say the large, short-haired tan dog jumped out of the vehicle and charged. Deputy Anthony Mustante shot the dog after it bit his left hand.

The deputy was taken to the hospital for treatment. Animal services took the dog to be tested for disease.

Deputies arrested 45-year-old Reginald Tyler Harris Jr. on an aggravated battery domestic violence charge. It was unclear whether he's hired an attorney.

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