Photo of Deputy Brent Taber, released by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office
ZEPHYRHILLS, Florida -- A Pasco County deputy is being treated at a local hospital after authorities say he was attacked by a pit bull.
Deputy Brent Taber was attempting to serve a warrant at a home in Zephyrhills over the weekend when the attack occured, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
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The dog reportedly attacked the deputy as he was walking back to his patrol car, severely injuring his arm. Investigators believe the dog was able to charge at the gate of the home and set himself free.
Deputy Taber then reportedly shot and killed the dog in self-defense.
The dog's owner was cited by the sheriff's office for failing to contain the animal properly. Animal Control also gave her a citation for failing to tag the animal properly.
On Monday, Taber remains under sedation at Tampa General Hospital, where he is fighting an infection in his arm.
Photos released by the Pasco Sheriff's Office show Taber suffered serious lacerations to his arm, but authorities say he does not appear to have any tendon damage or broken bones.