2013 Dog Bite Fatality: Spanaway Woman Attacked by Pit Bulls Dies from Injuries

Nga Woodhead, 65-years old, died after being attacked by two pit bulls in Spanaway. Family Wins Judgment In June 2014, the family of a woman who died of injuries after a vicious pit bull attack won a victory in court. Superior Court Judge Stan Rumbaugh ruled that Santiago Quezada, who owned the two pit bulls linked to the attack, owed Nga Woodhead’s family $1.12 million. Attorney Jason Whalen, who represented Charles Woodhead, Nga’s husband, said the family probably won’t be… [Read full blog post]

Washington State Court of Appeals Upholds Jury Verdict in Vicious Dog Mauling Case

UPDATE 01/16/14: On January 9, 2014, the Supreme Court of Washington rejected Pierce County's request for review of Gorman v. Pierce County. The jury verdict stands and cannot be appealed higher. The case was tried before a jury in July 2011 by Mike McKasy and Shelly Speir of the Tacoma-based law firm, Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir. The jury agreed that Pierce County and the dog owners were at fault, awarding Gorman $2.2 million. After the jury tr… [Read full blog post]

What Happens When A Victim Does Not Report a Dog Bite?

Future Person(s) Will Be Bitten Oak Harbor, WA - The Whidbey News-Times recently covered the story of a 12-year old girl who was seriously injured when three pit bulls attacked her outside an Oak Harbor apartment. The child knew the 25-year old woman who lived at the residence and was there to pick up a vacuum. When the woman opened the door, her pit bulls bolted out and attacked. The animal control officer, who seized the dogs, said the owner "feared for her safety" and wanted the… [Read full blog post]