By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Two people were arrested and an aggressive dog was shot early Thursday morning.
According to a news release from the Keizer Police Department, members of the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU) heard about complaints of drug dealing at 453 Juedes Avenue North in December and began an investigation. A search warrant was secured and served shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 8.
According to police, when officers entered the house, a 93-pound four-year-old American pit bull terrier-mix dog became aggressive and charged at the officers. Sgt. Jeff Goodman, believing serious injury was imminent for himself and fellow officers, shot and struck the dog at least one time in the left shoulder.
After being shot, the dog retreated into the garage and hid under a desk, staying highly agitated and not allowing officers near. The officers were eventually able to coax the dog out and placed him on a makeshift stretcher made specifically for dogs. Once muzzled, the dog was taken to Keizer Veterinary Clinic for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
It was determined one of the people in the house, 50-year-old Tami Labee, had picked up the dog from its owner home about three hours before the search warrant was served on her home.
In talking with Labee, investigators learned sales of controlled substances have been taking place in the home for decades. The investigation revealed daily and numerous methamphetamine sales were occurring at the home, which is less than 800 feet away from Cummings Elementary School and is also close to several day care facilities.
John Teague, KPD police chief, said Thursday night the dog came at officers three times and noted drugs have been common at the home.
“The problem has been going on for 22 years,” Teague said. “We heard about it in December and CRU hopped on it.”
Investigator also discovered a neighbor had moved out due to issues related to the drug sales.
Investigators found scales, packaging material, drug records, methamphetamine and other evidence when they searched the residence. Labee and her 19-year-old nephew James Futrell, who both resided in the home, were arrested on one count each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and one count each of delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school. Both were taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.