UPDATE: Escaped Pit Bull Still On the Loose, Residents Warned To Be Wary
One of the two pit bulls involved in Thursday’s (July 7) attack on two women in Burien is still on the loose, and residents in the area are warned to be ‘wary.’
As we reported from the scene Thursday, the second of the two female attack victims was former Burien Mayor and founding councilmember Sally Nelson, who was bitten in the leg before a police officer pulled the dog off her and shot it dead.
The attack happened just before 1 p.m. Thursday in the 15800 block of Maplewild SW, causing a large police turnout, aid and fire units, the blocking of the road, and support overhead from King County Sheriff’s Chopper One.
We spoke with Debra George of Burien CARES Animal Control Friday morning (July 8), who said that the pit bull involved in the attack has not yet been found. It has been described as mostly red, or “rust” or “copper” colored, with a little bit of white and wearing a silver choke chain.
“We talked with the owners at 8 a.m. this morning,” Debra said, “and they still hadn’t found it. Our guy Mike was also out looking until 9 p.m. last night, and is out again today searching.”
Debra warns residents in the area to “be cautious if you see a pit bull or other dog off-leash. Best bet is to be careful, stay away and call us at (206) 812-2737.”
CARES employee Mike chased the escaped pit bull up Maplewlld, and Debra thinks it’s still down in that area somewhere.
“Also, I’d like to let your Readers know that the pit bull that was put down was shot just once, not eight times like some people are saying,” she added. “Other shots may have been fired at the time, but that dog was hit just once.”