A Spokane Valley officer shot and killed a dog after the dog bit him several times this afternoon outside a Greenacres residence.
The officer, who has not been named, was at the property to return keys to the homeowner’s son who lives at the property, 20215 E. Sprague Ave.
The officer suffered bites on his arms and legs and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The yard is clearly marked by multiple “Beware of Dog” signs. The officer was bitten in the front yard.
Spokane Valley police spokesman Craig Chamberlin said he’s not sure if the officer saw the dog in the yard before he entered. Chamberlin said he had not yet been told why the officer had the son’s keys.
The homeowner, Brad Beck, was not at home at the time of the shooting. He rushed home after a neighbor called him to tell him the dog had been shot.
“He carries mace, why didn’t he Mace him,” Beck said. He didn’t need to shoot him.”
Beck also was angered that police did not allow him to rush the dog to a veterinarian.
“It took him 30-40 minutes to die,” Beck said.
But Chamberlin said it was important to wait until animal control officers from Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service arrived on scene.
“The deputy was attacked the dog,” Chamberlin said. “That’s why we wanted to have SCRAPS here.”
Beck said that the dog, who is named Cash, is a Husky mix. Police say the dog was a pit bull mix.