Pierce County sheriff’s deputies say they shot and killed two pit bull dogs Wednesday after they attacked a woman in Spanaway then turned on a man who tried to help her.
The 65-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of extensive injuries to her arm, deputies reported Thursday. The man also sought treatment for dog bites.
The incident occurred about 9 a.m. in the 16200 block of Pacific Avenue South in Spanaway.
The woman was walking down the street when the two dogs attacked her without provocation, deputies said.
“The dogs were tearing into the flesh of the woman as she was screaming,” one witness told investigators.
Another witness reported seeing the woman trying unsuccessfully to fend off the dogs with an umbrella.
Other witnesses described the dogs as “extremely aggressive and out of control,” police reports show.
A 52-year-old man who saw what was happening went to the woman’s aid. The dogs then turned on him, biting his right arm, deputies reported.
Another man passing by obtained a handgun from a nearby resident and shot one of the dogs, which was hit but ran off, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Deputies dispatched to the scene found the second dog milling around the site of the attack. Fearing it was still a danger, they shot and killed it, Troyer said.
Deputies later tracked down the wounded dog and killed it.
The case has been forwarded to prosecutors, who will determine whether the dogs’ owner should be charged with a crime, Troyer said.