By CBSBoston.com Staff

STONEHAM (CBS) — A Stoneham police officer is recovering after he was mauled by a dog on Sunday morning. Officer Joe Ponzo was making a routine call at a home when he was attacked.

Police said the dog lunged at the officer when the homeowner opened the door.

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Ponzo needed 30 stitches to his face and head.

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A Stoneham police officer was attacked by a dog on Sunday (Photo Via Stoneham Police)

Stoneham Animal Control reminded residents to secure their dogs in a different room if they know that police, fire, or medical personnel are responding to their homes.

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“These Officers take enough risks and should not have to worry about bad pet owners,” animal control wrote on Facebook.

CBSBoston.com Staff