A Thurston County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being attacked by a dog early Wednesday.
At about 1:25 a.m., deputies went to a home on the 9200 block of Pepperidge Lane Southeast near Yelm, looking for a subject wanted on multiple felony arrest warrants, according to a sheriff’s office news release. When the deputy knocked on the front door, the door opened and the dog, a mastiff-Swiss shepherd mix, attacked the deputy on the front porch, biting her on both arms.
The deputy, who was not identified by the sheriff’s office, was taken to the hospital with multiple lacerations and puncture wounds on the arms. She has been released from the hospital and will be out of work while she recovers, according to Lt. Tim Rudloff.
The dog’s owner is cooperating with the investigation. He told investigators he did not hear the deputy knock at the door and did not think to secure the dog before opening the door. The sheriff’s office says he did not order the dog to attack and tried to stop the dog after it got out.
The subject of the warrant was not at the home and the homeowner said the subject did not live there.
The case was referred to the county’s animal services for further investigation.