Kitsap deputy shoots, kills East Bremerton dog

A Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy shot a dog, killing it, Aug. 30 after the dog attempted to charge at the deputy and another deputy in East Bremerton.

The two deputies arrived to the 3300 block of NE Third Street after receiving reports of two pit bulls attacking another dog.

The dogs’ owner was not home and neighbors could hear the injured dog screaming.

The deputies did not hear any dogs barking when they arrived. They entered the gated backyard and a pit bull approached them with blood on his face and chest.

The dog was panting and wagging his tail “like he was happy” and the deputies did not think he was a direct threat to them.

The deputies continued to look for the injured dog. A second pit bull charged at the deputies and one deputy shot at it twice, hitting it at least twice — possibly in the shoulder, according to sheriff’s reports.

The pit bull continued charging, running between the two deputies.

The deputy continued to shoot about five more times, hitting the dog at least three more times, in the back leg, stomach and then head. The pit bull fell to the ground dead.

The other pit bull ran into the house.

The deputies found the injured dog under a tree and appeared to not be able to walk or stand on its hind legs. Kitsap Animal Rescue arrived to get the injured dog, which appeared to be a pit bull mix, and the dead pit bull.

The deputy left a message with the pit bull owner, a 23-year-old woman, who later called back and met with the deputy who explained why her pit bull was shot and killed.

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