MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Seattle woman grieves dog that was shot, killed while roaming outside

Apr 11, 2024, 4:32 PM

Photo: Michelle Michaels holding her dog Stevie. A man allegedly shot and killed Stevie outside her...

Michelle Michaels holding her dog Stevie. A man allegedly shot and killed Stevie outside her Lake City home last week. (Photo courtesy the Port of Seattle)

(Photo courtesy the Port of Seattle)

A Seattle woman is grieving the death of her beloved dog after a man allegedly shot and killed her while she was roaming around outside last week.

However, FOX 13 has reported officers think another dog was the intended target.

According to charging documents from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO), the dog was going about its day in Lake City when owner Michelle Michaels heard loud gunshots.

She looked outside and and allegedly saw Magan Ahmednur Yussuf with a gun in his hand and her dog lying in the street bleeding.

FOX 13 stated Michaels rushed outside, screaming. Yussuf then allegedly told her the dog “came at him,” before walking away.

But charging documents report a witness said he didn’t notice the dog attack or act aggressively toward the man. He added Yussuf allegedly fired one shot at the dog and the dog fell to the ground.

Missing: Tukwila police looking for missing dogs’ owners after recovering stolen SUV

According to FOX 13, the woman carried Stevie back home but she had died by the time officers arrived.

Yussuf told officers he had been bitten but when officers checked for injuries, they didn’t find anything. Yussuf’s mother told officers the dog had terrorized Yussuf for 13 years but Stevie was only four years old and Michaels had moved to the neighborhood around three years ago, FOX 13 reported.

Photo: Michelle Michaels' dog Stevie was shot and killed outside her Lake City home last week.

Michelle Michaels’ dog Stevie was shot and killed outside her Lake City home last week. (Photo courtesy the Port of Seattle)

Stevie flew all the way from the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar to Seattle in 2021, according to the Port of Seattle. The canine was an Arabian village dog who was rescued and brought to an animal shelter in Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The organization Fur Bae Rescue, which connects dogs from Qatar to the Pacific Northwest, brought Stevie to Michaels.

Dog owners beware: Highly contagious puppy disease raises concerns in Renton

Michaels was a volunteer with Fur Bae Rescue and fostered Stevie, who was under a year old, for a short period of time before falling in love with her. Michaels and her roommate then moved to a new house in Seattle with a bigger yard for their two dogs.

Documents from KCPAO confirm Yussuf was charged with animal cruelty. His next court date is scheduled for April 22.

Julia Dallas is a content editor at MyNorthwest. You can read her stories here. Follow Julia on X, formerly known as Twitter, here and email her here.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: A new rule is starting Saturday for Washington insurance while the OIS is reviewing proposal...

Julia Dallas

Washington insurance: Health plan prices may rise; new rule set to begin

A new rule is starting Saturday for Washington insurance while the OIS is reviewing increase proposals for individual health insurance.

2 hours ago

Photo: An airbag recall from 14 years ago could haunt you. KIRO Newsradio spoke with CarFax about w...

Micki Gamez

Your car’s airbag might be a recall from over 10 years ago

An airbag recall from 14 years ago could haunt you. KIRO Newsradio spoke with CarFax about what to do if your car is on the list.

13 hours ago

Image: The current Seattle branch of the National Archives will be replaced by a new facility at a ...

Feliks Banel

Exclusive: New Seattle National Archives to be a ‘very large project’

KIRO Newsradio spoke to two officials involved for a preview of what's to come in developing the new Seattle National Archives facility.

15 hours ago

Photo: Crews cleared a South Lake Union homeless encampment on May 29, 2023....

James Lynch

‘I feel bad for these people:’ South Lake Union homeless encampment cleared away

The deadline, for those living in a South Lake Union homeless encampment, to pack up and move on was 9 a.m. Wednesday.

16 hours ago

Images: Adrian Diaz, left, stands at the Wednesday, May 29, 2024 news conference after Seattle Mayo...

Matt Markovich

Diaz to depart as SPD chief; Interim Sue Rahr to focus on cultural change

Former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr will replace Adrian Diaz and serve as interim Seattle Police chief, Mayor Bruce Harrell said.

17 hours ago

Photo: Soon unincorporated Pierce County residents will have to follow outdoor burning rules, as th...

Julia Dallas

Burn ban starts Saturday for unincorporated Pierce County

Soon unincorporated Pierce County residents will have to follow outdoor burning rules, as the county's burn ban goes into effect Saturday.

18 hours ago

Seattle woman grieves dog that was shot, killed while roaming outside