A Spokane, Washington family is mourning the shooting death of their dog, shot by Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies Wednesday afternoon. KHQ News reported the tragedy August 27.
Deputy Ryan Smith was handed a set of keys and a hat on Wednesday as he covered the Spokane Valley Precinct. Believing they were the property of an intoxicated man they had dealt with the previous Sunday, and being unable to reach the man by phone, deputy Smith made the decision to drive out to the Greenacres home near Sprague and Henry.
When the deputy arrived just before 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Smith saw two dogs barking on the east side of the home. He sounded his horn for a few seconds, then made the decision to leave the keys by the front door. Smith was concerned that leaving them elsewhere would leave them vulnerable to being stolen.
Since the dogs on the property weren't approaching him, the deputy believed the dogs were secured by an electric fence, as there was a white line running across the driveway.
One of the dogs, a 7-year-old Siberian Husky named Cash, allegedly charged Smith as he neared the white line. Smith attempted to fight Cash off using his expandable baton, but the dog managed to bite Smith on his upper right hamstring. After falling onto his back, the deputy was bitten again under his left bicep.
At this time, fearing for his safety, Smith fired three rounds, hitting Cash once. Cash released Smith and ran back to his house, where he later died.
Smith believed the dog was a pit bull at the time of the incident. Paperwork from Cash's certificate of vaccination listed him as a Siberian Husky. The family later admitted Cash was 20% pit.
The property owner, identified by a KREM News report as Brad Beck, says Cash belonged to his son. Brad claimed the dog was shot in the gut. Beck also added that there were multiple signs on his property warning people about the dog.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.