Dogs that Attacked Being Watched by Family
UPDATE 2/22/08: Richard Moore, the father of Maysia, who was attacked, said the two dogs had been chained in the backyard of his mother's house next door. His mother had been watching the dogs for a niece who was moving. The male, unaltered pit bull, broke free from the chain and attacked Maysia while she played in her adjacent backyard.
In Seattle, just because a dog bites a person does not does force the dog to labeled as "dangerous." So the city attorney is likely in a bind. How can he bring the following charges, "negligent control of an animal and owning a dangerous animal?" Once again, we see the failure of policy around dangerous dogs, not to mention a victim with little civil recourse.
02/20/08: Seattle Girl, 9, Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack
A West Seattle girl was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after being bitten by a pit bull. The 9-year-old suffered severe cuts to her upper and lower lips and to her chin and face, after being attacked at a Highland Park home.
Firefighters were called to a home at 7945 Delridge Way S.W. where the girl had been attacked by the 90-pound dog. A neighbor phoned for help after seeing the girl bleeding from her face. Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and treated the girl, but advised her parents that, because of the severity of the wounds, she would need to be taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The girl was rushed to the hospital by private ambulance. Harborview officials were unable to verify her condition Wednesday afternoon. Seattle Animal Control removed the dog, a 3-year-old pit bull, that was involved in the attack. A second dog also was taken from the house. Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department will investigate the attack to determine whether any crime occurred.