Deputies kill rampaging pit bulls in Rochester

A Thurston County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed two stray pit bulls that were causing mayhem Thursday in Rochester.

At 10:55 a.m. in the 18200 block of Cinnamon Court, deputies responded to a call about the two dogs attacking and killing a resident’s chickens. The dogs wouldn’t let the resident out of her house, and escaped before the animal services unit arrived, said Sgt. Ray Brady.

At 2:05 p.m. in the 18900 block of Loganberry Street Southwest, deputies received a call about a resident and his dog under attack. A 38-year-old male suffered minor bite wounds and treated by medical personnel at the scene, Brady said. The man’s 11-year-old Akita was also injured; that dog’s condition is unknown at this time.

At 3:15 p.m., a deputy located the pit bulls on the front porch of a house in the 5400 block of 189th Avenue SW. The dogs charged the deputy, who shot them dead in self-defense. The deputy was not injured, Brady said.

“It’s never something that we want to do, but it was certainly in the interest of public safety,” said Brady, adding that the deputy was acting within policy when shooting the dogs. “They were out doing mayhem.”

The county’s animal services department has not located an owner for the dogs, said director Susanne Beauregard. The dogs have no identification, and neighbors were unable to identify an owner, she said.

Had they arrived to the scene on time, animal service officers would have tried to control the dogs with a tool called a bite stick. The deputy did not have that option when confronted by the aggressive dogs.

“If the dogs left the scene there would have been more chaos,” Beauregard said. “This comes down to a human who failed to take responsibility for their pets.”

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869