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UPDATE: Kirkland Man Shoots Pit Bull at Juanita Beach Park

Man with concealed weapons permit wounds the pit bull after it and two others attacked the man and his dog, according to Kirkland police.

A Kirkland man shot and wounded a pit bull at Saturday afternoon after the pit bull first attacked the man’s dog and then turned on him, according to Kirkland Police.

The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. when three pit bulls, all off-leash, came into the area and one approached the man and attacked his German shepherd, which was also off-leash.

The man, identified as Tim Lewis by KOMO News, had been throwing a spinning disc to his German shepherd when the attack occurred. "All hell broke loose," Lewis told KOMO.

When Lewis attempted to pull the pit bull off of his dog, the two other pit bulls joined the attack and could not be removed, even when the owner of the pit bulls, a Seattle man, tried to remove them as well.

The three pit bulls continued to attack the shepherd and when one was pulled off, it turned to attack Lewis, the Kirkland man.

Lewis, who has a registered permit to carry a concealed weapon, then pulled out a pistol and shot the dog once, said Kirkland Police Sgt. Rob Saloum.

The owner of the pit bulls took the three dogs and went to a local veterinarian hospital. The wounded pit bull underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

King County Animal Control was notified and would be the agency issuing any citations regarding the dogs. Kirkland park rules require that all dogs be on leash at all times.

Kirkland Police are investigating the shooting and said witness statements back up the Kirkland man’s account.

"There were witnesses there," said Saloum "The initial witness statements corroborate (Lewis') statement."

Lewis later told KOMO that, "If I didn't have my gun, I'd be dead right now. It was an instant decision. It's not something I wanted to do. I love animals."

The German shepherd apparently sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Saloum said Lewis' semiautomatic pistol was confiscated. "It was taken as part of the investigation," Saloum said.

Greg Johnston June 04, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Terry, I don't know know how anything here could be construed as being "truly misinformed" when your own explanation says the dog must be "on leash," whether physically or through verbal or electronic leash command. The point is, all dogs must be "on leash," including voice control - and in this case allegedly at least three dogs were not. That's why we included that generalization of the law.
terry smith June 04, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Paul seems to think that he has all of the answers, and no who this man is. Well Paul you are wrong. Being a CWP holder does not make you God. Show me a man who was threaten the way Lewis was, with not one, but three pitbulls, plus his 80 year old father-in law, stand there scared and frozen, plus his poor dog, to the man they would have shot in self defense, as Lewis did. Never judge a man if you were not there. Women are raped and assaulted all of the time, do you think they should have called 911 too? You have the nerve to call a man you don't even know incompetent? Why do you have a weapon?
J. Dellow June 29, 2011 at 06:29 AM
I take my dog to this park fairly often and I have never seen an "on leash" sign anywhere. Scoop signs, yes, leash signs, no.
J. Dellow June 29, 2011 at 06:31 AM
Unfortunately, the designated "off leash" areas seem to attract dog owners who interpret this to mean "out of control". I never take my highly trained dog to off leash parks.
J. Dellow June 29, 2011 at 06:37 AM
Paul, if you read the RCW there is no law requiring a licence for a pistol. You are required to obtain a license with the State for a "concealed weapon" only. Other than in a bar, you can wear a pistol on your side, openly, without a permit. Having said that, if Mr. Lewis had not had a pistol on his person and had not been able to protect his 80 year old father-in-law (or himself) from an attack from *three* pitbulls (not just one attack dog, but three), what are you saying? Let's wait and see which artery is ripped out before there is a "justified" defense? Seriously? If that was your dog, or your child, or your parent - you would "wait and see"? Really?

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