On April 13th at about 2:15 pm Antioch Police Officer Pat Mayer was dispatched to Menona Drive for the report of two loose, aggressive dogs. He checked the area in his vehicle and did not locate the dogs.
As he was leaving, Officer Mayer thought he heard the faint cry of someone yelling for help, so he got out of his car to investigate.
Behind a vehicle on the side of a house, Officer Mayer found two pit -bull dogs mauling a 72-year-old female on the ground.
He yelled at the dogs, which immediately stopped attacking the woman and turned their aggression towards him.
The dogs lunged at Officer Mayer, who was forced to use his firearm in order to defend himself and the elderly female. Both dogs died instantly.
Officer Mayer immediately requested medical assistance for the 72 year old, who was bleeding badly from bite wounds all over her body. She stated she was going for a walk when the dogs came out of nowhere and started attacking her.
Upon further investigation it was discovered the dogs had escaped from their yard by digging a hole under the fence. Their owners were notified and cooperative with Animal Services.
“Without Officer Mayer’s diligence in this case, we believe the outcome for the victim could have been much worse,” said Police Chief Tammany Brooks. “Antioch Officers do remarkable things every day, and this is just one example, and one officer. We are very proud of Officer Mayer!”