2 Bites Too Many
Aloha, OR - It was recently reported that a Washington County pit bull bit a boy as he road his electric scooter on a sidewalk. Prior to this incident, the pit bull had bitten on two separate occasions. After each bite, the dog was given back to its owner. Back in February, in the same county, two pit bulls killed two dogs owned by Karyn St. John. The pit bull owner had five previous complaints, two of which involved attacks. Thus far, the owner has only been issued citations.
"The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the boy was riding an electric scooter on a sidewalk when a pit bull darted across the street and bit his legs. The dog stopped its attack when the boy's father and a neighbor came to his aid. Sgt. David Thompson said the boy's injuries are not life-threatening. The dog has been quarantined at a Hillsboro animal shelter and its owner cited for violating the county's dangerous dog ordinance. Washington County Animal Control says this is the third documented bite from the same dog."
In Washington County, a "Dangerous dog" is defined as any dog that has, "due to the lack of the exercise of proper and adequate supervision and control by its owner or keeper, done an act harmful in its character, to human beings or animals, regardless of whether done in a playful or hostile manner." The ordinance also prohibits the keeping of a Dangerous dog, but doing so does not result in the dog's seizure. Apparently, only through a court order can a dog be seized.
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