The dog attack occurred on Saturday as the man let his dog, a German shepherd, off-leash in park. According to the report, one of three pit bulls who were off-leash attacked the shepherd and then was joined by the other two.
The owner of the pit bulls, a Seattle man, attempted to pull his dogs off of the shepherd when one pit bull turned and threatened the Kirkland man.
The Kirkland man had a permit to carry a gun and shot the pit bull. The pit bull is expected to survive after surgery at a local veterinarian clinic.
It is obvious that the Kirkland man felt very threatened and police are investigating the shooting. One question that comes to mind is, “Are pit bulls more prone to attacking and injuring people than other dog breeds?” According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control which looked at 20 years of dog attacks and looked at 25 different breeds of dog, the pit bull and Rottweiler dogs were responsible for 67% of dog bite fatalities and attacks by pit bulls were responsible for more deaths.
In the past six months, there are a number of reports of pit bull attacks in the news. The following are a few representative news stories:
- January 2011 — A 5th grader in Vallejo, Ca, suffered a serious dog bite to his arm
- January 2011 — Union County, NC, 5-year-old girl was killed and her grandmother seriously injured when they were attacked by a neighbor’s 2 pit bulls
- February 2011 – El Dorado, Ca, a 15-year-old girl and her small schnauzer were attacked by a pit bull and the girl suffered injuries to her arm
- November 2010 – Orland Park, Ill, woman suffered numerous bites to her arms and thighs in a pit bull attack
- November 2010 – Robbinsville, NC 2-year old boy critically injured in a pit bull attack
Washington state law, RCW 16.08.040, finds that the owner of a dog which bites another person, regardless of the dog’s previous viciousness, is liable for damages to the victim.
Pit bull injures Shelton resident
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