A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull in Youngtown after it bit a law enforcement K9.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Saturday when the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a family fight in the 11300 block of North 112th Avenue, near Peoria Avenue.
When MCSO arrived at the scene the homeowners told officials the “suspect” had ran out into the backyard of the home.
A deputy and his K9, since identified as Tarzan, went out into an alley to look for the individual. At that point, a pitbull came out of the backyard and attacked Tarzan, MCSO said.
The deputy handler attempted to separate the dogs multiple times but was unable to. MCSO said the pit bull latched on to Tarzan. With no other options, the handler shot the pit bull, who ended up dying from his injuries.
Tarzan sustained puncture wounds to the chest, an injury to his rear leg and had a few rear teeth missing or broken. He was taken to a veterinarian and is recovering.
It was not disclosed if the “individual” who ran out of the house was detained or arrested.
MCSO released some pictures of Tarzan, saying “he is doing well and recovering.”
Tarzan recently received a new vest and along with his handler, Charles Gulikers, took top honors in a “Tough Dog” competition back in May.
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