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Brooklyn Park, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Twin Cities Animal Control Officer was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after he was attacked by a stray dog.

The Brooklyn Park Police Department says the Animal Control Officer was responding to reports of two stray dogs that were causing problems for some utility workers. When the animal control officer arrived at the scene, he was attacked by one of the dogs and suffered a leg injury.

Brooklyn Park Police Dept. photo
Brooklyn Park Police Dept. photo

Brooklyn Park Police and paramedics were called to the neighborhood to assist him and the first officer to arrive was attacked by the same dog. He responded by shooting and fatally wounding the animal. Officials say the carcass is now being tested for rabies and other diseases.

The second stray dog was captured without problems. The injured animal control officer is expected to make a full recovery.

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