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Pit bull-mix fate won't be decided until next week

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The fate of pit-bull mix who attacked a police officer won’t be decided until next week.

Christine Vanderberg is fighting for the life of her dog: a pit-bull mix named Sarge.

“That I get Sarge back, that both him and I get trained,” Vanderberg said.

The hearing began today, but continues next week.

“I'm feeling positive about it, I can't wait to get my supporters out there on Monday, when we return and more of the truth comes out,” Vanderberg said.

The hearing stems from an incident in May, Vanderberg's neighbor called 911 for a noise complaint about Vanderberg.

When Bay City Police officer Matthew Strunk arrived at Vanderberg's home, the front door was inaccessible, but he saw a door wide open in the back.

Strunk testified he knocked on the open door, and that's when Sarge came out and attacked him.

“He jumped on me, and initially attacked me, I pushed him away and then he bit my leg,” Strunk said.

But Vanderberg says this type of aggression is uncommon for Sarge.

“He's absolutely a kisser, a licker, once he meets you, his way of saying, ‘you're all good,’ is by giving you a kiss,” Vanderberg said.

Even though his owner says Sarge is a sweetheart, he has bitten two other people before, including another officer. That's why the prosecutor said he's dangerous.

Sarge is currently being held at a private kennel until he finds out if he lives or dies.

Vanderberg said the only reason Sarge attacked Strunk was because he was on her property and inside the fenced in back yard.

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