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By Elizabeth Harrington

STUART, FL (WFLX) - It's a video that has people talking on social media. A police officer pulled someone over in Stuart and then was attacked by three dogs.

The attack was caught on the camera inside his patrol car. "It just happened so quick," says Officer Joe Calderone.

The video shows three dogs jumping out of a truck and then biting Calderone three times. "They bit my right knee and behind my left thigh," said Calderone.

He then runs off camera to the passenger side of his patrol car to get away from the dogs. "I just a quick thought to get some separation from the dogs, get some distance in between, so I didn't keep getting bit."

It all began when Calderone pulled the woman over for speeding last Thursday. "I couldn't really hear what she was saying, so she got out of her car," said Calderone, an eight-year veteran on the force. "While she was trying to get out of the car, the dogs kind of rushed over her."

He went to a wellness clinic after the incident. His injuries have healed quickly. "They cleaned it up, put a bandage on it, and gave me a tetanus shot."

He thinks the dogs were trying to protect their owner. He's relieved he was able to get away. "Nobody wants to shoot a dog especially with their owner right there. Luckily, I didn't have to."

Stuart police say officers don't receive formal training for situations like this one. The video is a good lesson for everyone. "Obviously, officers will be more alert in these situations, and we ask people if you do have dogs that could be aggressive to let us know right off the bat, roll down your window, and tell us that," said Officer Brian Bossio.

Stuart police say the dogs' owner was cited by animal control.

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