DELTA TWP. (WWJ) – Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy was forced to shoot and kill a dog described as a pit bull that was attacking a lawn care worker.

The incident happened around 8:50 a.m. Thursday, after the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a home on West Willow Highway in Delta Township.

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When the deputy arrived on the scene, the dog “was still biting and dragging the victim in the yard.”

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“As the deputy approached to stop the attack, the pit bull turned on the deputy who then shot and killed the dog,” police said in a statement.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of numerous severe bite wounds.

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Other circumstances were not released. It’s unclear if the dog was a stray or owned by someone in the neighborhood.