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Lufkin police officer suffers dog bite to avoid putting children in danger; second attack on family

11-year-old Essie Ashworth and her mom (also named Essie) talks about being attacked by the dog Tuesday. 11-year-old Essie Ashworth and her mom (also named Essie) talks about being attacked by the dog Tuesday.
Little Essie suffered a flesh wound on her ankle. Little Essie suffered a flesh wound on her ankle.
Lufkin police officer Quintin McClure answered the aggressive dog call on James Ave. Lufkin police officer Quintin McClure answered the aggressive dog call on James Ave.
Officer McClure suffered a dog bite and scratches. Officer McClure suffered a dog bite and scratches.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A pit bull-mix dog is in containment in the Lufkin Animal Services facility after it attacked an 11-year-old North Lufkin girl and a police officer called to deal with the aggressive dog.

Essie Ashworth lives in the 900 block of James Avenue.  On Tuesday Ashworth said she asked her daughter—also named Essie—to take the trash receptacle from street to the back of their home.

"She got here [at the back of the home], but the dog had come around here and attacked her from all the way over here,” Ashworth said walking about 20 feet from her backdoor.  “And she ran around.  And she was a screaming and a hollering."

"I tried to block it with the trash can and then I ran in circles,” little Essie said with a soft voice.  “They said, ‘Come over here Essie.’  And then my mom came out and tried to get me."

Little Essie says she was bitten on her ankle.  Her mom says she got upset.  She claims she has asked her neighbor repeatedly to restrain her dog, especially since their two homes share the same backyard.  There is no fencing or any barrier to separate the two yards.

"I said, ’My daughter has every right to the backyard because this is our back yard.’  I said then OK. If you want it like that, So, I'll call the laws,”

Ashworth recalled.  And she took that action and call Lufkin Police Department.  Officer Quintin McClure, who’s been on the force since April 2014 but joined the patrol division in December, arrived at the Ashworth’s home.  He said she escorted him to the backyard.

“It caught me off guard,” Officer McClure said about the dog’s reaction to his presence.  “It came charging at me and jumped at me.  I took a step back and pushed down on the dog. At that time the dog bit my hand.”

The elder Essie witness the dog’s attacking the Officer, "He was steady pushing back like this [she described while walking in a backwards motion].  And that's when the dog grabbed up and hit him here.”

"I did draw my duty weapon at that time to actually shoot the dog,” the officer recalled, “but kids came up behind the dog at that time and it was  unsafe for me to take the deadly force action."

The dog bit McClure on the left hand.  According to the report, in order to not endanger the children, McClure fought the dog off of him instead.  Officer McClure said he repeatedly shouted at the dog’s owner to gain control of her dog.  He said she stood by doing nothing to restrain the dog and then finally took action to restrain the animal.

The officer called Animal Control and it took custody of the dog.  As per department protocol, he headed to the hospital to get checked out.  His  wound was cleaned and he was given a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

“Officer McClure showed great restraint and use good judgment during this incident,” said Assistant Police Chief David Thomas said.

Meanwhile, according to Ashworth's nephew and his mother, this dog has attacked before.  13-year-old Kevon Williams said he was attacked in June while at his aunt’s house while playing football in the front yard.

"They dog came up and attacked me,” Williams said about the attack that he said happened in early June. “I tried to run but the lady came outside and got the dog off of me."

His mother Comishea Walker said the dog’s owner didn’t do anything to restrain her dog. 

When I saw the dog attack my baby I just jumped out there and was screaming because I was afraid,” Ms. Walker recalled.  “And I asked her, ‘[are] you going to come and get your dog?!’ And she was just standing there like she didn’t want to do nothing."

East Texas News attempted to talk to the dog's owner, but she refused to go on camera.

The dog will spend the next 10 days in quarantine to be observed for rabies in accordance with state law, according to Animal Control Director Aaron Ramsey. The owner can re-claim the animal after that period if they choose because the bite happened on the owner’s property.

The owner will be ticketed for dog at large.

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