Pit bull bit Spokane Co. deputy twice, signs warned of dangerous dog

Pit bull bit Spokane Co. deputy twice, signs warned of dangerous dog

Pit bull bit Spokane Co. deputy twice, signs warned of dangerous dog

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 5:00 PM

GREENACRES, Wash.— The Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy who was bit by a dog in Greenacres on Wednesday did receive stitches for his injuries . The Sheriff’s Office released photos of the deputy's bite wounds on Thursday.

Deputy Ryan Smith shot the dog three times and killed the dog during the attack near Sprague and Henry.  The property owner said the dog was shot in the gut.

Smith was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for both dog bites.  Authorities said the dog bit Smith on his left bicep. The wound required stitches according to deputies. He suffered another bite to his right hamstring.


ATTACK:


Deputy Smith was attacked by the dog on Wednesday around 5:00 p.m. He was at the home to drop off keys when the dog attacked according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities confirmed that the deputy was alone when he entered the yard.

Sheriff’s Office leaders said Smith parked in the driveway in front of the gate. Smith told authorities that he sounded his air horn one time for about one to two seconds. 

Authorities said Smith saw the dogs were staying in one place and assumed there was an invisible dog fence preventing them from coming any further.  He did not feel comfortable leaving the keys next to the gate because it was close to the roadway according to SCSO leaders.  He decided to leave the keys by the front door.

The larger of the two dogs began running toward Smith as he approached the door according authorities. SCSO leaders said Smith tried to fight the dog off using an expandable baton as he retreated.

Smith told authorities the dog bit him, he tripped, fell, and the dog bit him again. 

The Deputy  admitted to firing three rounds from his service weapon striking the dog at least one time.  The dog released Smith’s arm and ran towards the house according to authorities. The dog later died.

Brad Beck owns the property where the dog was shot. He said the dog belongs to his son. Beck said that there were multiple signs on his property warning people about the dog.

DOG TYPE:

On Thursday, SCRAPS said the dog’s Certificate of Vaccination listed the dog as a 75 pound American Pit Bull. 

On Wednesday, authorities originally said the dog was a pit bull. However, the owner’s family said the dog was actually a seven-year-old Siberian husky.   Later on in the evening, the owner said the dog was 20% pit bull.  Deputies said they believed it was a pit bull at the time they reported the deadly shooting.

BACKGROUND:

Deputy Smith went to the house on Wednesday to return keys and a hat to Beck’s son.

On the previous Sunday, deputies were called to E. Bloom Circle because of a man who appeared lost in someone’s front yard. Authorities said the man was intoxicated. Deputies gave the man a ride to his E. Sprague home around 2:40 a.m.

On Wednesday, the man from Sunday stopped by the SCSO desk to retrieve his hat and keys. Later, the person who called deputies on Sunday brought in the items according to authorities. Smith tried to call the man but reached his voicemail. Authorities said that is when Smith decided to return the items in person.

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