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Officer shoots 2 dogs who charged him; 1 dog dies
Posted by Jill Kimball
A police officer shot and killed one dog and injured another in a West Seattle home Wednesday afternoon, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The dogs’ owners were involved in a domestic disturbance at about 1:17 p.m. Wednesday, according to the police department website. When officers got to the house in the 3400 block of 44th Avenue Southwest to respond to the disturbance, they heard a woman screaming and dogs growling.
Police found the two dogs on top of the woman when they came in the unlocked front door. The dogs’ mouths and the woman’s hands and clothing were bloody.
Shortly thereafter, the woman was able to break free. The dogs started attacking each other, then they charged toward the police officers at the door. One officer shot both of them, killing one and injuring another.
Seattle Animal Control took custody of both dogs, sending the injured one to a local animal hospital.
Police later concluded the woman in the house, 55, had assaulted her 59-year-old brother, who was uninjured. Both of them live in the West Seattle house. She was booked in the King County Jail for domestic-violence assault, a misdemeanor.