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A Spokane County Deputy shot and killed a Siberian Husky in Spokane Valley on Wednesday A Spokane County Deputy shot and killed a Siberian Husky in Spokane Valley on Wednesday
"Cash" was shot and killed by a Spokane Valley Deputy on Wednesday "Cash" was shot and killed by a Spokane Valley Deputy on Wednesday
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released the photo of the dog, as well as Deputy Smith's injuries on Thursday The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released the photo of the dog, as well as Deputy Smith's injuries on Thursday
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane County deputy shot and killed a dog Wednesday afternoon in Spokane Valley after he said the dog attacked him. 

The Sheriff's Office told KHQ the deputy was trying to return property to the home near Sprague and Henry. 

Earlier in the week, on Sunday morning, Deputies received a call about man in someone's front yard who appeared lost. Deputies made contact with the man, who they said was extremely intoxicated and gave him a courtesy ride to his home near Sprague and Henry. That man would turn out to be the owner of the dog who was shot on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the original complainant from the call on Sunday came in and gave a hat and set of keys to Deputy Ryan Smith who was covering the front desk at the Spokane Valley Precinct. Deputy Smith assumed the keys and hat belonged to the intoxicated man from early Sunday morning, looked up the address of the call, and made multiple attempts to call the man. With no success, Deputy Smith decided to take the keys and hat to the home near Sprague and Henry. 

The Sheriff's Office said Deputy Smith arrived at the home just before 5:00pm and parked in the driveway in front of a gate. The Sheriff's Office said Deputy Smith then sounded his air horn once for about one to two seconds, with no response from the homeowner. Deputy Smith saw two dogs barking on the east side of the home, and they were staying in place, leading Smith to believe there was an invisible fence preventing them from coming any closer. Deputy Smith did not feel comfortable leaving the keys next to the gate because he didn't want anyone to steal them, so he decided to leave the keys by the front door. 

As Deputy Smith walked towards the home, he saw a white line running across the driveway in front of the dogs, and assumed it was part of an invisible fence. Just before Deputy Smith reached the white line, one of the two dogs ran towards him. Deputy Smith already had his expandable baton pulled out, and in an attempt to keep the dog from biting him as he ran away, Deputy Smith tried to hit the dog with his baton, but the dog was able to bite him on his upper, right hamstring. 

As Deputy Smith continued to try and get away, he fell on his back and the dog bit under his left bicep. At this point, the Sheriff's Department said Deputy Smith feared for his safety and fired three rounds, hitting the dog once. The dog released his hold on Deputy Smith's arm and ran back towards the house, where it later died. 

Deputy Smith was taken to the hospital for treatment. The bite on his arm required stitches. 

According to SCRAPS, the dog's Certificate of Vaccination listed the dog as a 75 pound American Pit Bull. Documents from SCRAPS shown to KHQ on Wednesday listed the dog as a Siberian Husky, though the owner admitted there was some sort of mix. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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The homeowner told KHQ the deputy ignored the "Beware of Dogs" signs and walked through the gate. The dog then attacked the deputy and bit him multiple times. The deputy then shot and killed the dog. According to the homeowner, the dog's paperwork from SCRAPS showed that he was a 7-year-old Siberian Husky named "Cash", though the owner says he may have been some sort of mix. 

The deputy was bitten twice, once in the arm and once in the leg, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

The incident is currently under investigation and as soon as we get any additional information, we will update this story. 

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