Pierceton officer seriously injured by his own dog

By: Stacey Page Email
By: Stacey Page Email
Jim Bumbaugh was home alone with the dog, a bullmastiff, and getting ready for bed when the attack occurred Thursday night.

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A Pierceton Police officer was attacked by his own dog and suffered serious injuries.

Jim Bumbaugh was home alone with the dog, a bullmastiff, and getting ready for bed when the attack occurred Thursday night.

Sara Bumbaugh told StaceyPageOnline.com that her father had “a great bond” with the dog, so when he went to pet it and it attacked, he was completely caught off guard. “He doesn’t know what provoked him,” said Sara.

The dog "tore up" the officer's left arm and also hit his neck and right arm.

The officer was able to flee to a neighbor's house for help.

The dog is now in custody at a local shelter.

Bumbaugh is scheduled for surgery Friday to repair injuries to his left arm. He also sustained a gash approximately five inches long to his head that went to his skull.

Although an air ambulance was initially called and the Pierceton Fire Department was in the process of establishing a landing zone at Pierceton Elementary School, ultimately, Bumbaugh was transported by ambulance to Parkview Regional North Hospital in Fort Wayne.

The dog is now being quarantined for 10 days, per state law. After that time period, and if the dog does not display signs of illness, it will be up to the owners what to do with it.

Pierceton Town Marshal Tim Sammons said the dog actually belongs to a woman living with Bumbaugh. And, despite public rumors, Jim Bumbaugh is not a canine officer for the police department. Joe Bumbaugh, Jim’s twin brother, is a police officer and canine handler for Winona Lake Police Department.


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