Pit bull killed after biting 5 adults in N. Spokane

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 6:28 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A pit bull was running around biting people Wednesday near Atlantic and Division, according to authorities.

SCRAPS confirmed the dog was shot by a law enforcement officer at the Atlantic Apartments around 6:00 p.m. The dog died from its injuries.

A witness said someone was walking a pomeranian when the pit bull escaped from an apartment and attacked the dog. The witness added multiple people came out of the apartment complex and began to kick the pit bull. That is when the pit bull bit five adults.

Residents of the apartment complex said the pit bull had only been there about three months. They said they were worried about another pit bull in the complex that is filled with children.

Authorities then shot the dog. SCRAPS took the dog away from the scene.

It is the third pit bull attack in the last week in Spokane County. One of the previous attacks also ended with a dog being shot and killed.

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull on Monday. Authorities said that shooting was justified because the pit bull was attacking the deputy’s K9.

WATCH: Deputy's K9 recovers after Spokane Valley pit bull attack

On April 3, two people and an eight-year-old girl were injured by a North Spokane pit bull. Neighbors had to beat the dog with a shovel to stop the attack.  On Wednesday, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service deemed that dog and another at the residence as dangerous. 

WATCH: 2 pit bulls deemed dangerous following attack on girl

The dog’s owner, Kathy Southern, has been charged with two misdemeanors. Criminal misdemeanor charges carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and 90 days confinement.

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