A Seattle police officer shot and killed a dog on Tuesday afternoon in the Holly Park neighborhood of Seattle after responding to a report that four pit bulls were on the loose and had bitten a man.
When officers and Seattle Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene in the 3500 block of S. Morgan Street, they called for Animal Control officers and attempted to locate the dogs' owner.
Firefighters asked dispatchers for assistance when the dogs surrounded the fire engine and prevented medical responders from treating the dog bite victim.
One officer sprayed the dogs with a fire extinguisher three times and another tried using pepper spray. Neither action deterred the animals.
When a dog charged at an officer, another officer fired one shot and killed the dog.
Police and Animal Control are still working to determine what type of dogs were involved in the incident. The 911 report referred to the dogs as pit bulls, but the report that Seattle Animal Shelter humane law enforcement officers received described them as two pit bulls, one mixed-breed dog and one Pomeranian.
The victim confirmed to SAS officers the dog that was shot was the one that bit him.
SAS officers detained three dogs, and they will be held pending investigation. All officer-involved shootings, including those involving dogs, are subject to review by the Firearms Review Board. Homicide and assault detectives will look into the case.