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Dog rescue speaking out after week of violent attacks

Dog rescue speaking out after week of violent attacks

Eight people and one Spokane County Sheriff's Office K-9 are recovering from three separate pit bull attacks in the last week.

"I have a slash mark gaping hole in my leg, three stitches, my hand it completely torn up, stitch on the bottom of my wrist," James Betsinger said.

He was one of the five people involved in Wednesday night's attack at an apartment complex near the intersection of Atlantic Street and Lyons Avenue.

"The young gentleman that lives there came running over with a couple bite marks on him, yelling that he needed help and to call 911, he had just been attacked by his dog," neighbor James Betsinger said.

On Monday, Laslo, a sheriff's K-9 had to receive six staples in his leg from an attack during a foot pursuit in the Spokane Valley. The Sheriff's Office said Tuesday, that the deputy did everything he could, but ultimately had to shoot the pit bull.

"I heard 'Control your dog, control your dog' and then pop, pop pop," witness Carl Berens said.

Finally, last Thursday, two people were hospitalized from an attack that police said started when neighborhood kids let two dogs out of a North Spokane backyard.

Five recovering from dog attack

Five people are recovering after being attacked by a pit bull Wednesday night in an apartment complex in the 6800 block of North Atlantic.

The dog first bit his owner and then four others. After an hour trying to contain it police had no choice but to shoot and kill the dog.

According to neighbors the owner only had the dog for a few weeks and Wednesday evening one neighbor said the owner was playing a little too rough with the dog when it snapped.

"The young gentleman that lives there came running over with a couple bite marks on him, yelling that he needed help and to call 911, he had just been attacked by his dog," neighbor James Betsinger said.

Betsinger was one of five people who were attacked by the pit bull.

"I have a slash mark, gaping hole in my leg, three stitches, my hand it completely torn up, stitch on the bottom of my wrist," he said.

Betsinger said he ran next door to help the owner pull the dog off his mom. The door was left open and the dog ran outside.

"He ran across the street and started attacking a little Pomeranian. He just picked it up and shook it," Betsinger said.

Gerlach Not Guilty

Gerlach Not Guilty

A Spokane jury took less than four hours to find Gail Gerlach not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham.

Shortly after the jury's verdict was read, Gail and his wife Sharon embraced in the courtroom, looking visibly relieved. Shortly after leaving the courtroom, Gerlach read a prepared statement to the media.

"This is a tragedy and as Christians we believe in redemption. The greatest tragedy is that Mr. Brendon Kaluza-Graham will never have a chance to turn his life around. We give our condolences to his family. I'm going to take time to spend with my family and friends and I'd like that you please respect that," Gerlach said.

Brendon Kaluza-Graham's grandparents were in the courtroom when the verdict was read and their grief was made worse by the not guilty verdicts and said the news media had demonized their grandson by repeatedly referring to him as a thief instead of his proper name.

"He was made into a poster boy for the angst of a community about property crime. A sacrificial lamb. That's not right. You don't kill over annoyance and property crime," Ann Kaluza said.

Spokane Gives projects in need of volunteers

Spokane Gives projects in need of volunteers

Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on Saturday. Saturday’s event is fully staffed with volunteers, but there’s a few other projects that are in need of more volunteers next week.


A message from Mayor David Condon:

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.

Spokane City Council may get 4 percent pay raise

Spokane's Salary Review Commission is taking public testimony Thursday afternoon at City Hall on a proposal to give city council members a 4 percent pay raise.

Under the proposal, member salaries would rise to $31,200 a year and the salary for the council present would rise to $57,200. All are eligible for city health care benefits, a $1,800 per year auto allowance and a $540 per year cellphone allowance.

The Spokesman-Review reports any raises approved by the commission would take effect in January.

Spokane City Council members are the third-highest paid in the state, according to an Association of Washington Cities survey.

The highest paid are Seattle City Council members at $120,000 a year. Tacoma is second at about $41,000 a year. Spokane's current council pay is $30,000.

911 service restored to Washington state

911 service restored to Washington state

911 services have been restored to Washington state after they went down Thursday morning.

CenturyLink spokeswoman, Kerry Zimmer, said the problem began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and Oregon was affected for a time. The problem then spread to Washington.

CenturyLink says the outage affected dispatch centers statewide because they are all connected.