Kingston woman arrested after her pitbull attacked two police officers

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KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII)- Kingston police were told about a missing dog in town, that they suspected could have been picked up by the owners of this house.
When officer David Buchanan knocked on the door asking to see the dogs that were already inside, he was attacked by a pitbull.

"It was a simple 'knock and talk' just to see if we could recover the dog," said Buchanan.

Buchanan says Tonya Stevenson slammed the door when they asked to see if the missing dog was inside.

Seconds later she opened the door again,five dogs ran outside and a pit bull attacked the reserve officer.

"I took a kick at the dog trying to get it away from him. I drew my pepper spray, where she started in on me and I was trying to talk to her, the dog ran up and bit me on my leg," said Buchanan.

Buchanan says the dogs bite didn't break skin, but if it did, he would have shot it.

"I just wanted to avoid having any rounds discharged in city limits and possibly putting down an animal in front of five other people." said Buchanan.

Stevenson's charges include a felony for releasing a dangerous dog on a law enforcement officer.

Earlier this year she was arrested and charged with felony child neglect.

Police reports say her two children were malnourished and had not been bathed. The children are now in state custody.

But Stevenson got to keep the dogs, since the officer wasn't seriously injured.

"I hear about it all the time, officers getting attacked on traffic stops and responding to someone's house and an animal attacking them there," said Buchanan.

Stevenson bonded out of the Marshall County jail.