From left: Jessie Jaymes, Carl Martinez, attacking and dying pit bulls.
Pit Bulls Had Killed Before
UPDATE 12/05/08: Reporter Holly Zuluaga took the video to the city to learn why a wheelchair bound neighbor must still live in fear. Tami Bunker, legal assistant to the city attorney, said the video was a concern. (Zuluaga reminds viewers that the first time she asked the city and animal control about the incident, both said their hands were tied.) Bunker now says that the City of Richland has existing code on record that states that if a dog kills another animal, anywhere, it can be declared "dangerous."
Unsurprisingly, animal control said they visited the same house earlier this year after two pit bulls turned on another one killing it. One of the attacking dogs in that incident was recently the victim -- as seen in the first video -- and is now dead too. Animal control said that because no one witnessed the first attack, the case was dropped. Angela Zilar of animal control says that Richland is currently adjusting their animal codes to make them simpler and hopes to have them ready by next month.
The city prosecutor is currently reviewing the tape to see if the four attacking dogs should be declared "dangerous."
12/04/08: Pit Bull Owner in the Clear
Richland, WA - DogsBite.org wishes we did not have to show you this. But one must see to believe what several pit bulls ganged up on another dog results in. The twist about this story is that the attack happened in the pit bull owner's backyard. The owner had five pit bulls and four of the dogs ganged up on one pit bull and tore it apart. A neighbor captured the event on video and shared it with the local news team. The owner of the pit bulls, Carl Martinez, blames a neighbor's dog for "riling up" his pack of pit bulls.
Neighbors called police, and they referred it to animal control. But animal control and the city said their hands are tied. The fight didn't break any laws, because it happened in the owner's backyard. To the horror of neighbors, the attacking pit bulls can't be deemed dangerous. Jessie Jaymes, who is wheelchair bound, is afraid. "I live here and I have to deal with it everyday, and I'm sick of it, I might end up having to move, I don't want to move, I like my house, but it's not worth it if something happens to my dogs or me."
Jaymes is separated by her neighbor with a fence filled with holes.
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