CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Terrifying body camera video showed the moment a dog mauled an animal control officer in Chandler.

Maricopa County Animal Control Ofc. Rick Alva had no way of knowing a routine house visit would turn into one he would never forget.

On Nov. 7, body camera video captured his attempts to get the owner of a home to answer.

"Hello, anyone home?" he’s heard saying on the tape.

Ofc. Alva and Chandler police were there to take a dog that courts had ruled as dangerous. All was calm at first.

“I don't hear any barking. Do you?" one of the officers said.

Suddenly, the door opened and a giant Rottweiler attacked Alva.

The entire attack lasted only a few seconds, yet he was badly hurt.

"He's gonna be out for an indefinite amount of time,” said Jose Santiago with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. “This is a hurt not only for us as an agency, but it's a hurt for the community."

Sources tell Arizona’s Family Alva is now preparing for his third surgery.

It is not yet known if he will be able to return to full-time duty.

The Rottweiler, in this case, was shot and killed.

Animal control records indicate this was the animal's fourth and final attack in just a year-and-a-half.

Ofc. Alva is now considering a possible civil lawsuit against the dog’s owner.


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It's the dog owner's fault. He's the one that should be jailed because of these incidents. 4 attacks and he's still free?? That is ridiculous! You could actually sue the dog owners because of their dogs' behavior. I have just read about this at

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