Kenai dog attack leaves two women injured

  • By MEGAN PACER Peninsula Clarion
  • Monday, November 2, 2015 12:08pm
  • News

4 p.m.:

At least three Kenai Police officers responded to the dog attack at a home on Princess Lane on Monday morning, said Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl.

Kenai Animal Control was told the dog that attacked two women was a 7-year-old male, and possibly a pitbull-terrier mix, Sandahl said.

One officer shot the dog as it came toward him, after which the dog wandered away.

“One or two officers were trying to track it,” Sandahl said.

Eventually, the dog returned to the yard and was shot a second time and killed by another officer, Sandahl said. Kenai Animal Control has the dog’s body in its custody.

Kenai Police will likely wait a day or two to interview the women about the circumstances of the attack, Sandahl said. It is not clear yet what their relationship to the dog was or if they lived at the house. Sandahl said Kenai Police will not likely release their names, even after the investigation is over.

Sandahl said he did not know the nature of the women’s injuries, but that it sounded like some of them were serious. Sandahl said he was “not aware of any of them being life threatening.”

Original story:

Two women are in the hospital with injuries from a dog attack in Kenai.

Kenai Police and members of the Kenai Fire Department responded to a dog attack in a house on Princess Lane at approximately 7:14 a.m. Monday morning, according to a release from the Kenai Police Department. Upon arrival, one of the officers shot and killed the dog when it started moving toward the officer.

“One of the arriving officers could hear screaming from the residence and saw the bloody-faced dog in the yard,” officers wrote in the release.

Two women were brought to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment by members of the Kenai Fire Department, said Fire Chief Jeff Tucker. Tucker deferred other comments to Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl.

The medium-sized dog lived at the house where the attack happened, according to the release. Investigation of the attack is being handled by Kenai Police and Kenai Animal Control, who have custody of the dead dog, according to the release.

Attempts to reach Sandahl Monday morning for comment were not successful.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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