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October 17, 2017

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Pahrump officers attacked by pit bulls while serving warrant

Bailiffs in Pahrump were attacked by a pair of pit bulls on Tuesday while serving an arrest warrant, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.

The two bailiffs entered the gated property after they called out and looked for the homeowners to no avail, officials said, adding that there were no signs of dogs in the yard.

When they entered the yard, the two dogs charged at the officers, who used "less-than-lethal methods" to fend off the attack, but one of the dogs was able to bite one of them, causing head injuries, officials said. The officer was able to escape and was being treated at a hospital.

The dogs weren't injured and the one that bit the officer is being quarantined for 10 days to monitor for symptoms of disease, officials said. The owner of the dogs had been cited previously for issues with the pit bulls.

The person the officers were looking for to serve the warrant hasn't been found, officials said. It wasn't clear if that person is the dog owner or if anyone was home at the time of the attack.

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