Texas officer recovering after multiple dogs attack her

The officer was forced to shoot the dogs


By Mark D. Wilson
Austin American-Statesman

BURNET, Texas — A Burnet police officer shot two dogs last week after an attack that left her and another man injured.

Burnet police said the officer was sent to the 700 block of South Vanderveer around 11:40 a.m. on Thursday after someone called 911 to report that a man was being attacked by three large dogs.

When the officer, identified by the department as Cpl. Alex Fidler, arrived, she found the man and began checking for wounds on his body.

As she did, the dogs came back and began to attack her too, biting both of her arms.

Authorities said Fidler’s body-worn camera captured the attack.

“The video footage shows Cpl. Fidler trying to get away from the dogs and in the process; Cpl. Fidler had to protect the citizen and herself. Cpl. Fidler unfortunately had to discharge her duty weapon twice, striking and killing one dog, striking and injuring a second dog; the third was not shot and ran away from the scene,” police said.

Fidler was taken to Seton-Highland Lakes Hospital, and the man who was first attacked declined to be taken to a hospital. Police said he had minor injuries.

All three dogs were accounted for after the attack, and their owners have been notified of the situation, police said.

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