Update: Pit bulls attack couple, deputy, Yorkie in Kennewick

Deputy shoots dogs

December 31, 2012 

— Two pit bulls attacked a man and woman as well as a Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy Sunday night in Kennewick. A Yorkshire terrier the woman was walking also was injured in the attack.

The deputy shot both of the attacking dogs and they eventually had to put down because “they remained aggressive and could not be secured,” according to a Benton County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies and medics were dispatched about 8 p.m. Sunday to the 1000 block of S. Gum Street in east Kennewick after receiving reports of two pit bulls attacking the couple.

Patrol deputies and medics arrived and found the two dogs had fled. The injured man was treated and later released from the hospital, and the woman is in stable condition at Kennewick General Hospital. The terrier's leg was broken in two places.

While medics were attending to the victims, the two pit bulls returned and attacked a deputy. The deputy shot both dogs in self-defense and to protect others present, the release said.

Both dogs were hit and ran to a nearby home, where it is believed the animals live. The deputy followed the dogs and had to put them down as they remained aggressive and could not be secured, the release said.

Deputies said they believed the dogs were pit bulls.

“They looked like pit bulls and acted like pit bulls,” Benton County Lt. Chuck Jones told the Herald.

The incident is still under investigation and the case has been referred to the Benton County prosecutor for review of criminal charges against the dogs' owner.

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