On May 13, the Auburn Police Department was dispatched to the 1800 block of C Place Southeast for a report of a dog attack on an 11-year-old girl. When the officer arrived on the scene, he discovered that the girl had been bitten on the left arm and would need stitches.
According to the release, while Valley Regional Fire Authority personnel were attending to the victim, two large dogs came around the rear of a vehicle, and the police offer began to back away. As the officer did that, however, both dogs started to run toward him, appearing to target the officer. At that point, the officer withdrew his firearm and shot multiple times to stop the threat and protect himself from being attacked, injuring one of the dogs.
According to the APD, the officer’s body cam backs up his account, showing the two dogs aggressively approaching.
According to the APD, surveillance video obtained by the Auburn Police Department shows that the 11-year-old girl had tried to use a broom to keep the dogs away but one of them jumped onto her and bit her on the left arm.
The injured dog was transported to Sumner Animal Hospital, where it was later euthanized. The other dog remained with its owner and was unharmed.