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A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a dog after it attacked an MCSO K-9 in Youngtown on Saturday night, officials said. 

MCSO deputies were called to a home near 11th and Peoria avenues in Youngtown for a fight at 9:03 p.m., according to department spokesman Sgt. Bryant Vanegas. 

When deputies arrived, the homeowners said the suspects had run out the back door. A deputy and the K-9 were walking toward the alley in search of the suspects when a pit bull came out of a backyard and attacked the MCSO dog, Vanegas said. 

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The handler was unable to separate the two dogs after the pit bull allegedly latched onto the K-9, according to Vanegas.

“(The) handler, having run out of options, used his service weapon and shot the pit bull,” Vanegas said in an email to The Republic. 

The pit bull died. The K-9 was taken to the vet with puncture wounds to the chest. There were no people injured.


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