Tribal drug dog attacks boy, mother

The dog was shot and killed by a neighbor who responded to help

An "inactive" drug detection dog attacked a 2-year-old boy and his mother before it was shot to death by a neighbor in Otis, Oregon. (Grand Ronde Smoke Signals Staff)

OTIS, Ore. (KOIN) –- An “inactive” drug detection dog attacked a 2-year-old boy and his mother before it was shot to death by a neighbor in Otis, Oregon, about 2 hours south of Portland on the coast.

The dog that attacked the boy and his mother was a 4-year-old Belgian Malanois drug detection dog assigned to the Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, but the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office declined to release the location of the attack because it identifies a police officer’s home address.

Investigators learned when the mother attempted to pull the dog off the boy, she was then attacked. The mother threw a stick at a neighbor’s window to get help.

“The neighbor fired one round from his shotgun over the top of the dog that was still actively biting the mother,” Lincoln County Sgt. Brian Cameron said.

When the warning shot didn’t get the attack to stop, the neighbor fired a second round that hit and killed the dog.

The boy was transported, treated and then released from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

A spokesperson for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde was unable for comment regarding this story.

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