Police shoot dog on the loose after man reports being bitten

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SEATTLE — Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call that four dogs described as “pitbulls” were on the loose in West Seattle and that one of the dogs had bitten a man.

The man was reportedly bitten in the arm, and the bite drew blood.

Police and fire department personnel responded to the 3500 block of South Morgan Street and called for Animal Control to assist them. They also attempted to locate the dogs’ owner.
While they were on the scene, firefighters called dispatch after the dogs surrounded their fire engine. The dogs were preventing them from treating the man who had been bitten.
Officers were working to corral the dogs in the yard of a nearby home when one of the officers shot and killed one of the dogs. The victim told Animal Control that the dog that was shot was the dog that bit him.
The dogs are were identified by Animal Control as two pitbulls, one mixed-breed dog and one pomeranian; the three surviving dogs are being held by Animal Control.
The incident is considered an officer-involved shooting and detectives are investigating.
 

12 comments

  • joe annable

    This is my girlfriends neighbor. The dog was shot and killed in its yard. The yard has a large, locked, fence. They only have 2 pitbulls, and a few other small dogs. The dogs have never been a problem if some one was bit he must have done something to the dog to deserve it. The cops had no reason to shoot the dog. They killed the poor animal in its own fenced in yard.

    • joe annable

      Are you serious?? The dogs owner is a veterinarian, the dogs were locked in the house when she went to work. The only way they were even out of the house is if the man was trying to break in. I have a pitbull, and he is NOT dangerous and if anyone shot him I would kill them. I would gladly go to prison for my dog. He is the nicest dog on earth.

      • Michael

        I don't care who the owner of the dog is. If they are out biting people and keeping emergency personnel from caring for the person they bit, then they need to be put down.

        • joe annable

          The dogs were locked in the house when she went to work. The man who got bit had no reason to be in her yard in the first place. And then somehow the dogs get out of her locked house? Dogs are supposed to protect their homes, this guy had no reason to be in their yard when she was at work.

          • Michael

            So, why did the fire department call the police…because the dogs were surrounding the fire engine. Unless the fire engine drove over the fence and was sitting in the middle of the yard, they obviously were outside the fence. I don't care where the dogs were "supposed" to be, they bit someone and threatened the general public.

          • ERTEK911

            ok, first off, the fire department was at the "wrong address" they kept trying to access my neighbors through my private drive. Alot of this was miscommunication, and confusion on their part. Animal control should have been the first phone call made, and it wasnt until after the dog was shot. There is alot of confusion on how to view dog behavior and what actions make it worse. Believe me this is being investigated completely. They were backed into our front yard and then provoked over and over again, and this is AFTER the man was seen by an EMT

  • joe annable

    Are you serious?? The dogs owner is a veterinarian, the dogs were locked in the house when she went to work. The only way they were even out of the house is if the man was trying to break in. I have a pitbull, and he is NOT dangerous and if anyone shot him I would kill them. I would gladly go to prison for my dog. He is the nicest dog on earth.

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