July 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Seattle police shoot dog following report of attack
UPDATE AT 3:11 P.M: Police have confirmed the dog shot by officers has died.
UPDATE AT 3:01 p.m.: Police and Animal Control are still trying to confirm what types of dogs were involved in the incident, but the 911 report referred to the dogs as pitbulls
ORIGINAL POST: A Seattle police officer shot one of four loose dogs after the dogs surrounded a fire truck, preventing medics from treating a man who’d been bitten.
According to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore, a man reported shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday that his friend had been bitten by a pack of pit bulls that were running loose in the neighborhood.
When medics arrived in the 3500 block of South Morgan Street, two of the dogs charged the fire department’s ladder truck and surrounded it, Moore said.
The dogs calmed down and retreated a bit when the victim’s friend came down a long driveway to tell medics where his injured friend was, but charged the medics again once they got out of the truck, Moore said.
The firefighter medics then retreated back into the truck and “waited for the police to get there,” Moore said.
SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt said one of the dogs was shot when it charged an officer. Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said he did not know whether the dog was dead.
Witt said the victim or his friend was able to tell officers the name of the dogs’ owner and she was reached by telephone, police said.
The victim was bitten in the arm, Moore said. His arm was bandaged and he was told to get a tetanus shot, Moore said.
Homicide and assault detectives are investigating the incident and the shooting is subject to a review by the depeartment’s Firearms Review Board.
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