Walla Walla officer uses taser on aggressive dog

A pit bull attacked the officer Thursday evening on West Main Street.

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WALLA WALLA -- A pit bull attacked an officer Thursday, resulting in the officer tasering the dog and later drawing his pistol on the animal after it recovered from the shock and continued to show aggression.

According to a Walla Walla Police report, around 5:30 p.m. the officer encountered the dog roaming the street while dragging a length of chain near the 800 block of West Main Street.

The report went on to state the dog went after a woman in a fenced yard, barked aggressively and raised its hackles at her, then continued on.

After learning where the dog lived, the officer parked in front of 815 W. Main St. to talk with the owner.

The dog, a brown male pit bull named Ichigo, was on the porch when the officer arrived.

A resident, Irma Sanchez, 50, said the dog belonged to her son, who was not home.

According to the report, Sanchez agreed to secure the dog, but when she called the dog it passed her and went after the officer, biting him on the lower calf in an area covered by his boot.

During the attack, the officer kicked the dog in the face and drew his taser. The dog continued to attack, at which point the officer deployed the taser.

The officer reported the dog dropped and then began convulsing and foaming at the mouth.

After the probes were removed, the dog continued to convulse. So the officer said he grabbed the dog by the chest area and lifted it to its feet, at which point the dog recovered.

Sanchez grabbed the chain and was in the process of securing the dog when he lunged at her legs, arms and chest area, narrowly missing the woman as she drew back.

Sanchez retreated to the officer, and the dog advanced on both. The officer said that is when he drew his pistol and aimed at the dog's head.

The dog stopped advancing as the officer stood his ground; during this period the officer pulled out his baton and holstered his pistol.

The officer then held the dog at bay until the owner arrived and secured the dog, the report said.

The officer informed the owner of the incident and advised him his dog was aggressive.

Later that evening, another neighbor reported to the officer that possibly the same dog had chased her and her Chihuahua on several occasions in the past few months.

A copy of the police report was forwarded to the city's animal control officer. The report did note information on the officer's injuries.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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