Authorities say a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy shot a dog after it attacked his K9 while the pair was responding to a fight at a Youngtown home.
Two MCSO deputies and a K9 named Tarzan were called to a home near 112th and Peoria avenues Saturday night after the homeowner reported a fight, officials said.
Once the deputies arrived, a man and woman told them the suspects had left through a back door.
One of the deputies and Tarzan went to an alley behind the home to search for the suspects when a pit bull named Chevy came out of the backyard and allegedly attacked the MCSO K9, an MCSO spokesman said.
The pit bull’s owner attempted to separate the dogs, but Chevy would not let go, authorities said.
According to MCSO, the deputy ran out of options and was forced to shoot the dog.
Tarzan did suffer puncture wounds to his chest, an injured rear leg and broken teeth and is being treated, officials said. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Chevy did not survive his injuries, officials said. No other injuries were reported.
Deputies detained the male suspect who was accused of getting into a fight, officials told ABC15 News at the scene. It's believed the man got into a verbal argument with a woman.
Authorities say they're frequently called to the home for reports of domestic disputes but no further information was released.