Dad Posts Comments
UPDATE 02/04/09: Though the father first told KIRO news that he would tell his side of the story on camera, he refused when KIRO showed up at his door. The man did, however, post comments on their website. Regarding the pit bulls, he wrote, "The dogs have been part of our house hold for 1 1/2 weeks as rescues. It has been our intent to evaluate the dogs and address any issue that are found before they are placed in proper homes."
This runs counter intuitive to the fact the man was found nearly comatose on the couch when deputies arrived.
There is still no word on the rescue agency involved.
02/03/08: Deputies Had to Wake Dad Up
Tacoma, WA - Two pit bull type dogs (see video) were attempting to maul a 4-year-old girl while her father slept on the couch in the house, according to Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The girl was playing in her University Place back yard Saturday when the family's dogs knocked the girl down and attempted to maul her. Fortunately, neighbor Anthony Stone saw the attack and he and his father rushed in to save the girl.
Stone told news reporters, "The only time she stood up was when the dogs went after us, but when she stood up the dogs went after her again." Stone said when the dogs came after him, they saw their chance to save the girl. "The dogs started attacking us, then we ran to the girl. I grabbed her and we just ran out and we took the girl to the neighbor's." The 4-year-old was taken to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma and treated for minor injuries.
Pierce County sheriff's deputies said the father, who owns the dogs, had to be awakened by a deputy as he continued sleeping on the family couch throughout the ordeal. The girl and her brother were placed in protective custody and have since been placed with relatives. The father may face charges for leaving his two children unattended with potentially dangerous dogs. The father is a registered sex offender and was convicted of animal cruelty three years ago.
09/24/08: Pit Bull Owner Blames Attack on "Made Up" Pit Bull
09/13/08: Coverage of the Seattle Area Pit Bull Attack and Activism