Erik Magnuson says that he ended up drawing his firearm, and the dog ran off and I yelled at the people get your dog on the leash. When I told these people, that the sheriff's department was on the way, they got in their vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed.
Despite deputies rushing to the scene, the dog was given back to its owners while the child went to the ER. The dog had been running loose with its owners who were visiting from Spokane.
Walla Walla County Deputies caught up with the couple on the highway. They were only issued an infraction because dog bites aren't a criminal case in that jurisdiction. There was no additional ticket for fleeing the scene.The couple was also allowed to leave with their dog. t's up to them to report any signs of aggression in their own pet. Not much comfort for a father of an eight-year old who ended up in the ER with puncture wounds.
"People who are going to take their animal and run away from this type of thing, what are the chances of them following up letting us know, that's concerning to me for my son," said Magnuson.
Doctors say it's likely Asher will have a permanent scar.
"He bit me for no reason, all I was doing was holding my fishing pole,"said Asher Magnuson.
The rules on dangerous dogs vary county to county. Based on the way this was handled in Walla Walla, are the rules the same in Benton and Franklin Counties. Deputies in Benton said it was likely they would have seized the dog. Franklin County says the owners may not have even been given an infraction.