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Officers shoot attacking pit bull at skatepark

policeBELLINGHAM — Police shot a pit bull that allegedly attacked and bit three officers Saturday evening at the Bellingham Skateboard Park.

Three cops were called to an alleged assault at the skate park in the 1300 block of Civic Field Way, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a male suspect hit a 16-year-old boy. When officers arrived to the park, officers engaged the man and his dog. The dog grew upset and allegedly attacked the officers.

Police tried to use a Taser on the dog, but it was not immediately subdued, police said. All three officers shot and killed the dog. The suspect was booked into Whatcom County Jail for obstructing an officer.

The officers were treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital Saturday. One of the officers will most likely be on light duty while his wounds heal, police said.

The shooting occurred in the face of increased public scrutiny surrounding officers’ handling of dogs during some police investigations. Police who recently shot a dog in California in what many said was an unwarranted shooting received multiple death threats. Some police forces are now requiring officers to take sensitivity training for animals before they are allowed on the force.

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3 comments

  • Jaloney

    https://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd An event to spread awareness and support victims. Free family activities, police security onsite, food, bounce tent for kids, speakers including FORMER pitbull owners that saw their dog attack unprovoked and as usual, the dog wouldnot let go. Come on out.. Candle light vigil to memorialize victims at dusk & more. Come support victims, spread awareness, and have fun. Print off a flier, Like us on Facebook, ask your church to sponsor a victim’s trip to the event, or organize a sister event!

  • mikey

    This my opinon i think u should have asked them to tie up his or her dog opon sight of agreshin no instead our dirty ass crooked bellingham wa pd wanted to play cops . wouldnt you think there be a procidure for these typ of situations since every thing is done quote un quote by the book . But i guess not this days they will put pencil writing next to set ink