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Homeless pair jailed after dog attacks Medford man

A Medford man suffered dog bites, cuts and bruises in an altercation with two homeless men and their dog Sunday afternoon, Medford police said.

The two men, who were camped near Bear Creek, are now lodged in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail each. Police are still looking for the dog.

Michael Lee Mullins, 40, was arrested on charges of second- and third-degree assault, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and failure to register his address as required of a sex offender. His bail was set at $1,055,000.

Samuel Robert Bennett, 52, was arrested on charges of second- and third-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $1,030,000.

The 59-year-old victim was walking near the OK Market at 1202 N. Riverside Ave. in Medford at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday with his wife and dog when Bennett and Mullins approached with a dog, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said. The man asked the two to restrain their dog, but instead, Mullins sicced the dog on the couple and their pet, Budreau said.

The man tried to grab the large yellow dog, but it bit his hand and leg. Then, the two men began to punch and kick him, Budreau said.

When police arrived, the victim had cuts and bruises on his head and reported that he thought he had lost consciousness at one point. He was taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, Budreau said.

Officers restrained Bennett, then chased Mullins down an embankment, where he slipped and fell into Bear Creek. Police went into the creek to pull Mullins out of the cold water and handcuff him, Budreau said.

Police went to the men's camp along the creek and spotted the dog, but couldn't catch it. Budreau said officers will continue to check that area and try to capture the dog.

— Anita Burke