Dog gets stitches after encounter with exterminator

Dog gets stitches after encounter with exterminator

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If you're out walking the dog, keep a firm hold on the leash. There was an incident in Lakeway where an exterminator ended up hitting a bulldog on the head.

It happened so fast, Elliot says there was nothing he could do to help his best friend.

"She ran to the guy and I couldn't stop her because she was stronger than me and I couldn't get her away from the guy," he said.

His mom, Peggy Garcia, said, "He ran through the front door screaming and hollering, saying she's bleeding. He hit her. He hit her. He hit her."

Peggy knew an exterminator had been next door to their house in Lakeway when the two were outside.

"I found Bella laying on the ground. She was bleeding from her head and nose and mouth. She couldn't get up. Here eyes were kind of rolled back," said Peggy.

Elliot says Bella, the family's bulldog, barked when she noticed the HomeTeam Pest Defense worker next door and ran up to him.

"The man started spraying her in the face and the man hit her with the metal hose part," said Elliot.

Peggy added, "The vet ended up putting in two layers of stitches to close it all up because it had gone all the way to the skull."

A statement from the man's employer reads:

"A HomeTeam employee was performing a routine treatment when a dog from a neighboring home aggressively came toward him as if to bite him. He instinctively attempted to push the dog away, but he did not spray the dog. We are happy to know that the dog and the employee are both ok."

"We've never had any incidences where she's been aggressive towards anybody, ever," Peggy said.

A Lakeway Police officer notes in an incident report "The dog was sprayed with pesticide and might have ingested the poison."

A quote from the HomeTeam employee says, "The dog did not get a chance to bite me because I hit it over the head with my pest control stick."

Peggy said, "It was a good three minutes before he popped his head back around the corner and it was around the side of the front of the house. He popped around and he was like, is she okay?"

In another comment to police, the exterminator says, "I had no choice but to defend myself since I was attacked by a dog before. I love dogs and I did not want to hurt it. I told the boy, hang onto the leash because the dog was pulling the boy."

"If she wasn't a bulldog and didn't have such a hard head, we probably would have lost her," said Peggy.

Bella is Elliot's best friend.

They're both seven years old.

Peggy said, "She literally taught him how to crawl. She would crawl on her stomach next to him."

The Lakeway Police officer also includes in the report, that he told the Garcias "there was no way {Elliot} could hold onto a leash of an 85 pound bulldog..."

"If people are going to be mowing lawns and doing pest control and working on people's homes, especially where there are kids and dogs, they should know the signs of aggression," said Peggy.

She's happy Bella's back home, but wants others to know about what happened at their home.

We also got a call from a woman claiming to be the exterminator's wife. She says her husband never sprayed any poison on Bella.

The Lakeway Police Department's investigation is closed and didn't find Bella or the exterminator did anything wrong.

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