Monday, April 14, 2008
Seattle, WA - A teenager was taken to a hospital Thursday evening after a pit bull ran from a Beacon Hill home and attacked him. The boy told police he got off a bus and was walking home when the dog ran out of a house in the 3200 block of South Portland Street and attacked him in the street.
The dog bit him on the right forearm, right calf, stomach and left hand, causing numerous puncture wounds, according to the police report. After the attack, police contacted the dog owner. She said the 1-year-old dog is usually chained, but had been inside the house with an open door.
The pit bull owner "did not apologize for the dog's actions," the officer wrote is his report. The woman was not arrested.There is a high probability the owner is uninsured -- only one or two insurance providers cover pit bulls for homeowners in Washington State. The City of Seattle does not require pit bull owners to carry individual liability insurance either. The young boy, victimized once by the attack, will be victimized again by the high cost of medical bills.
The non-apologetic dog owner will likely get to keep the dog and pay nothing towards an obvious crime: an off-property attack due to massive negligence on her part. The reason why she won't pay is because she can't pay; she's judgment proof. Furthermore, the dog has a history. Neighbors told police that the dog had previously attacked pedestrians.
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| 4/15/2008 2:40 AM |
There has been little news on the matter locally since the release of the first article. It is a child victim and he may never be named (nor his family). As soon as we hear something, we will definitely post it.