BREAKING: Former Burien Mayor Attacked By Pit Bull; 1 Dog Shot
Story & Photo by Scott Schaefer
Former Burien Mayor and founding City Councilmember Sally Nelson was one of two women attacked by two pit bulls Thursday afternoon (July 7) around 1 p.m. in the 15600 block of Maplewild Ave SW.
Police officers shot and killed one of the dogs, while a second one escaped.
There was a huge police turnout, including numerous cruisers, aid units and a chopper overhead assisting in searching for the second pit bull, which was not found.
Several Burien and King County Sheriff’s cruisers were on the scene as was BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer, who spoke with Brandon, a neighbor who heard a woman screaming and called 911.
“I was home watching TV when I heard screaming,” he said. “I came out of my home and saw two pit bulls running around, and a woman with a stroller injured. I checked on her, saw that she and her kid were both okay, then called 911.”
Brandon says that police responded quickly, and tried unsuccessfully to catch the loose dogs with a Taser. However, some 30-minutes later, Sally Nelson came out to talk with the police. As she was returning to her home, she was attacked and bitten in the leg, and reports are that police pulled the dog off her and shot it right there in her yard.
Maureen Hoffmann, who lives in the neighborhood, confirmed that the second victim was indeed Sally Nelson.
Here are some more details:
- Neither woman was seriously injured; reports are that Sally Nelson apparently just got a tetanus shot and stayed at home.
- Maplewild was blocked for a while as police scoured the area for the second pit bull.
- The first pit bull lay dead in the back of a truck owned by Burien CARES, the new animal control. This was witnessed by Schaefer on the scene.
- Debra George of Burien CARES says that the still-escaped pit bull is “mostly red, with a little bit of white.”