Zoey, a pit bull owned by Erik Duchesneau of Ellensburg, walks through her backyard on Friday. Zoey is recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by a Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy last Saturday. (Brian Myrick / Daily Record)
A Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a pit bull in the Currier Creek neighborhood just west of Ellensburg Saturday evening.
The deputy responded to reports of two aggressive dogs running loose around the 2200 block of W. Clearview Drive, near their owners’ home.
Undersheriff Clay Myers said the deputy shouted at the dogs to go away upon arrival, and they ran to a fenced area behind their house at 2206 W. Clearview Drive.
While the deputy was speaking to a couple of residents about the call, one of the dogs, a pit bull mix, reportedly charged at the three, prompting the deputy to shoot, Myers said.
The injured dog ran back behind the house, and the deputy closed the open fence door behind the two dogs.
The dog, Zoey, survived, but owner Erick Duchesneau said he can’t believe Zoey and the other dog, his roommate’s, could be that menacing.
No one was home at his house when the dogs got out that day — the first time they’ve gotten out in around six months, Duchesneau said — but he wasn’t sure how the fence got open.
Duchesneau said he thinks the officer went into the situation thinking of a neighbor’s dogs, a similar pair that are much more aggressive and have a history of getting loose in the neighborhood.
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