UKIAH (CBS/AP) – A 15-year-old is in custody in Mendocino County after allegedly urging his pit bull to attack an animal control officer.

Sheriff’s officials said the teen is being held in juvenile hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after Monday’s incident outside a Ukiah home.

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Authorities said the animal control officer went to the residence Monday morning after receiving a report of a dog attacking a cat. They said the teen responsible for the dog refused to cooperate and went inside the home, ignoring the officer’s requests to come out.

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Officials said the teen then released the dog and ordered him to “get” the officer, who ran away and was not injured.

The dog was taken to the county animal shelter.

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