Officer shoots dog after being attacked during arrests

A Hoquiam police officer was attacked by a pit bull Thursday and was forced to shoot the animal to defend himself, officials said Friday.

The attack happened at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday while the officers were executing arrest warrants on Mill Lane. The officers were arresting a 31-year-old male and a 42-year-old female as a result of criminal investigations conducted by the Hoquiam Police Department. While the arrest was under way, a male pit bull, owned by the female, attacked one of the Hoquiam officers and the officer shot the dog.

The dog suffered serious injury, but the officer was unharmed. The animal was taken to a veterinary clinic in Aberdeen by police. According to police, the dog had prior aggressive behavior complaints against it in the City of Hoquiam in 2009 and 2010 and had been declared potentially dangerous. Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office Animal Control will be following up on the status of the dog and investigating its behavior.

The male and female were both arrested without further incident.