A dog attacked an Independence police officer on Wednesday morning as the officer struggled to apprehend the dog’s owner.

A dog attacked an Independence police officer on Wednesday morning as the officer struggled to apprehend the dog’s owner.

The veteran officer, Jason Harris, is expected to make a full recovery after the attack that sent him to an area hospital, according to police.

At 10 a.m., Harris was called to a home on the 1400 block of South Pope Avenue on a civil stand-by call.

A woman had asked police to watch over her as she got items from the home. The boyfriend was home at the time, and didn’t feel safe being alone with him when retrieving her things, according to police.

The man, police say, was intoxicated.

Harris knocked on the door. The boyfriend and girlfriend got into a fight, the woman screamed, and the boyfriend ran into Harris.

The men began to struggle. Harris subdued the boyfriend, according to the report.

Suddenly, the man’s dog attacked Harris, latching onto the officer’s left calf muscle.

Harris pressed a button on his radio that signals that an officer needs assistance. Fellow officers converged on the scene. The dog had released its grip on the officer as help arrived.

The dog was a blue heeler, which is a breed of cattle dog.

Animal control officers took the dog. It isn’t known if the dog will be euthanized.

The dog was apparently trying to protect its owner, and when it saw Harris was struggling with the man, the dog attacked, police say.

The dog was up-to-date on its vaccinations.

Police charged the man with city ordinance violations of resisting arrest and interfering with police.