JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville's City Council meeting got off to a rough start Tuesday after reports that a dog bit a man inside of City Hall.
The Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department (JFRD) responded to a call about a dog bite around 4:56 p.m. When crews arrived, they found a man in his 70s was bit and provided medical attention. Crews said they carried him out on a stretcher and transported him to the hospital.
Reporter David Cawton with the Jacksonville Daily Record tweeted about the scene. He said that the dog was brought to the meeting because of a new tradition where rescues are allowed inside council meetings in hopes they'll get adopted.
Not sure what type of dog it was. It's part of a new tradition of bringing rescue pets to council meetings in hopes of adoption. pic.twitter.com/EvencNTDMw— David Cawton (@Davidcawton) June 13, 2017
It isn't known what's the dog's breed.
Now that that's over, council meeting will resume in a few minutes. pic.twitter.com/E01D0dZrHJ— David Cawton (@Davidcawton) June 13, 2017
After the incident, the Jacksonville City Council meeting resumed.
On Wednesday, the City of Jacksonville released the following statement:
“Consistent with the guidelines and procedures adhered to by Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS), the dog has been placed in quarantine, where he will remain for 10 days. Following this, he will then be evaluated by ACPS behavior coordinators and leadership to determine his status/eligibility for adoption. For the past two months, ACPS has featured pets during the City Council meetings to highlight its services and promote pet adoptions. This is an isolated, but very unfortunate incident that our ACPS office is reviewing carefully.“