Pit bull runs into home, attacks dog & owner

Pit bull runs into home, attacks dog & owner

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by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 8:07 PM

ALOHA, Ore. -- A large pit bull was shot and killed in Aloha Monday night after it terrorized a neighborhood, entered a home, and attacked a dog and its owner, Washington County Sheriff deputies said.

The pit bull was first spotted around 7:30 p.m., running down the street and snarling at people in an Aloha community along SW Takena Court. Soon after, it ran into a house attacking a dog and its owner, said Sergeant David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the more than 100-pound pit bull attacked a 17-year-old dog that lived in the home and when the homeowner, Joseph Wasielewski, tried to intervene, the pit bull turned on him.

Then, a Good Samaritan ran inside to help Wasielewski and managed to grab a chain attached to the pit bull's collar, Thompson said. But the dog was too strong and was pulling away. That's when someone else stabbed the pit bull with a kitchen knife.

Moments later, a deputy ran into the house with a dog control pole. The deputy was able to get the loop around the dog's neck, Thompson said, but the pole started to bend due to the dog's sheer strength. Then, a second deputy shot the pit bull twice in the head and killed him.

Both Wasielewski and his dog were severely injured, investigators said. Wasieleski was transported to an area hospital with bites to his hands and his dog was taken to an animal hospital with bites to his head and a torn ear.

The pit bull's owners live on the same street. They told deputies that the dog had escaped after one of their children left a rear gate open. They did not know the dog was missing until deputies knocked on their door.

No citations were issued at the scene and the investigation was on-going.

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