AUSTIN (KXAN) — A dog about to attack another dog, after first biting a woman, was shot and killed by a Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy Wednesday morning
The incident happened in the 1300 block of Tamayo Drive in the Rattan Creek neighborhood in northwest Austin just before 9 a.m.
The sheriff’s office says around 8:45 a.m., Deputy Jeremiah Ellison was patrolling the area and found a 35-year-old woman on the side of the road with visible wounds on her arm. The woman explained she was with her dog when she was attacked by an aggressive dog that was still on the loose.
After the deputy requested medical help for the woman they began searching for the dog, which witnesses described as a full grown Chow. Once EMS arrived, witnesses were able to point out that the dog was now in a playground where two children were playing.
“The dog was walking away but was not doing anything aggressive at that moment,” explained Sheriff Robert Chody. Deputy Ellison went back to his patrol vehicle to get a leash, but the dog lost interest in the deputy and walked away.
Deputy Ellison followed the dog and while on a trail, a couple walking a small dog started walking towards the Chow. Deputy Ellison screamed at the couple that the dog might attack and as the dog was becoming aggressive, he ran towards the couple and “put himself in harm’s way to protect the couple.”
At that point, the Chow looked at the deputy and started growling. The deputy tried to calm the dog down but it continued to move toward him. The deputy ended up shooting the dog twice, killing it.
The dog’s owner said the Chow had been stolen, but authorities say the owner knew the attack occurred and that’s why they reported the dog was taken after the incident. Authorities believe the dog might have escaped from a hole in the home’s fence. The information has been presented to the District Attorney’s Office to see what charges, if any, could be levied against the dog’s owner.
Deputy Ellison has been with the department for six years and has been a K9 officer for the past three years. “He’s a little distraught about the shooting, but he understands he had to do it to stop the attack of the next resident,” says Chody in a news briefing Wednesday afternoon.
The woman who was injured was transported to St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock where she is being treated for wounds to her arm.