RAINIER VALLEY, SEATTLE WASHINGTON - A WOMAN AND HER DOG WERE INJURED IN AN ATTACK BY A PIT BULL -THE PIT'S OWNER WAS ALSO ATTACKED WHEN SHE TRIED TO GET CONTROL OF HER MONSTER - POLICE SHOT AND KILLED IT
SEATTLE -- Police shot and killed a PIT BULL Thursday evening after the animal attacked two women and a dog in Seattle's Rainier Valley neighborhood.
The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Renton Avenue South, according to Seattle police.
Police say a 40-year-old woman was walking her leashed dog on Renton Avenue when an unleashed dog attacked, biting her and her dog. The owner of the aggressive dog tried to intervene and was also attacked.
Members of Seattle's Gang Unit happened to be nearby and arrived in time to see the attack. One officer opened fire, fatally shooting the aggressive dog.
Both of the women were injured in the attack, as was the 40-year-old's dog. One woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center with "serious" bite injuries. The owner of the vicious dog was also taken to the hospital to be treated for bite wounds, according to police.
Chris Boles lives in the neighborhood and ran outside when he heard the gunshots. He said he immediately heard a woman screaming in agony.
"She was actually just mauled. You could see she had a big old gash on her knee and her hands," he said. "She was just traumatized."
Boles said there are several pit bulls in the area that walk around the neighborhood without a leash.
"They just roam around, especially the pit bulls," he said. "They just kind of wander around."
The injured dog was taken to veterinary clinic to be treated.