- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Police are paying the veterinary bills for a pit bull that was wounded by an officer in Springfield.

Police tell KVAL (https://bit.ly/1BDNysS ) the dog was defending its territory Tuesday and wasn’t ordered to attack the officer who was investigating the theft of a table.

The dog bit the officer on his hand. The officer was wearing gloves and wasn’t hurt. He fired a shot that hit the dog in a thigh. It’s expected to make a full recovery.

Police recovered the table and arrested a 19-year-old man on a theft charge. It had been taken from a nearby St. Vincent de Paul store.

An employee with the thrift store, Charley Harvey, says it would have given the man the $25 table if he needed it that desperately.

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Information from: KVAL-TV, https://www.kval.com/

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