EVERETT, Washington - Five people were attacked Saturday morning, and a cat was killed, as two vicious dogs roamed through a neighborhood in Everett.
Everett police received a 911 call at about 6:30 a.m. that a man had been attacked in the 1300 block of Lombard Avenue, the Everett Police Department said. Arriving officers found a 44-year-old Everett man who had suffered bites to his legs band back. He said he’d been walking when the two dogs crossed the street and attacked him.
He was helped by a Good Samaritan named Thomas, who said he ran toward the sound of screaming and growling as the attack was happening.
“I hear the dogs attacking him, and I heard the poor guy was screaming,” said Thomas, who didn’t want to be identified by his last name.
One of the dogs went after Thomas, but he was able to scare it away.
“(I) just, you know, yelled at him and said, ‘Get! Get! Get!’” Thomas said.
Martha Hickey also witnessed the attack.
“There was this poor guy all curled up in a ball with his hands over his head and his shoulders hunched up,” she said. “The dogs had a hold of his legs, trying to drag him off.”
Police said that was the third attack that morning by the same pair of dogs, a pit bull terrier and a boxer.
An hour after the attack was reported, two more people were attacked, including an Everett police officer. He tased the dog, which ran off. Officers said they witnessed one of the dogs kill a cat before avoiding capture.
Eventually, the dog that attacked the officer was tased again and died as officers attempted to restrain it.
Police captured the other dog and traced the pair back to their owners, who declined to talk with KIRO 7.
The captured dog was taken to quarantine. The owners could face charges because police said they were cited before for the same two dogs doing the same thing.
Everett has not gone as far as some cities, which flat-out ban pit bulls, but the city does consider pit bulls and several other breeds “potentially dangerous.” Dogs that have bitten or acted aggressively also get that tag.
Everett requires potentially dangerous dogs to be kept inside a house or kennel and requires leashes when they’re being walked. All but pit bulls are required to have muzzles.