One of two pit bull terriers that attacked and killed an elderly man has been stolen from a county-run kennel, along with five other dogs, authorities say.
The pit bulls that killed Walter Feser on Oct. 20 were supposed to be put to sleep the first week of November following a 10-day quarantine period.
But the dogs were being kept alive as evidence in the case against two men who have been charged in the case under the state’s dangerous dogs law, Yakima County deputy prosecutor David Sherman said Tuesday.
One of the dogs, Butterfly, a female, was stolen from a kennel near Wapato over the weekend, authorities said.
“It’s like a killer is back on the street,” said Becky Simmons, Feser’s stepdaughter. “Those dogs should have been destroyed a long time ago.”
Feser, 75, suffered bites on the arms, torso and legs in the attack and died after being taken to a hospital.