Two reported aggressive or vicious dogs were shot in the head by two law enforcement officers in separate incidents on back-to-back days, officials said Thursday.
Both dogs appear to have survived their wounds.
A West Richland officer shot a pit bull that attacked him Wednesday in the 2100 block of South Highlands Boulevard, Chief Brian McElroy said.
Thursday morning, a Benton County sheriff's deputy responding to a call about a vicious dog at Highway 224 and Flagstone Drive near Benton City ended up firing two shots at a large black dog that came after him, said Lt. Clay Vannoy.
Neither officer was injured. Their names were not released.
McElroy said his officer had been called to a report of aggressive dogs in the area and was waiting for an officer with a catch-pull to arrive to try restrain the pit bull when it became aggressive and attacked.
The officer fired one shot and hit the dog in the head. The dog ran off but officers were able to find it and take it to a veterinarian in Richland, where it was being treated and the owners were called, McElroy said.
The shooting was investigated and determined that it was done in a matter that was safe and no bystanders were around, McElroy said.
West Richland's animal control officer will follow up on the case and determine if there was a violation of the dog-at-large or vicious dog ordinance, McElroy said.
In the Benton City case, a deputy was called after a report the dog was threatening or chasing kids walking to a school bus stop, Vannoy said.
The dog, which was described as possibly a black Lab and great Dane mix, was gone but the deputy was able to figure out where it lived and went to the house to contact the owner.
No one was home, and while the deputy was on the back deck, the dog appeared across the yard and came at him, Vannoy said.
The deputy fired a couple of rounds and one hit the dog in the face. The dog took off but later returned home.
The last update from the owners was that the dog was going to be OK, Vannoy said.