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A day after a Kirkland man shot a pit bull dog in the Juanita Beach Wildlife Park in Kirkland, a pit bull attacked two men in Kent and killed a Pomeranian dog. The KIRO report said that two children were walking the Pomeranian when it a pit bull attacked and killed the Pomeranian.

Wile the reports on KIRO TV and KOMO TV vary a bit, what does seem clear is that a 46-year-old man received multiple dog bites in the leg and one in the abdomen and a 19-year-old man suffered a leg injury when they were attacked by two dogs believed to be pit bulls around 1:00pm near south 222nd and 94th Ave. S. in Kent.

King County animal control officers captured the pit bulls after the attack.

According to KIRO, the pit bull was tracked back t a house but the people who were there at the time denied owning the dog.

This Kent dog attack is similar to the Kirkland dog attack in that the dogs were off-leash and not in control of their owner .

When the dog owners are found, they may face criminal prosecution. The victims can also file a civil suit asking for compensation for damages. Washington has a “dog bite law” which is certainly sympathetic to victims and find that dog owners are liable for dog bite injuries. Click here for more information.

This information is provided by the dog bite lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in a dog attack and the family of those killed. Since many dog bite victims suffer permanent nerve damage and often require several surgeries, obtaining compensation for medical costs and for pain and suffering is necessary to support the victim.

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The Kirkland Reporter says that a Kirkland man shot a pit bull dog with a handgun after his dog was attacked and the pit bull then threatened him at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, Wa.

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.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland dog bite victims and their families.

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) released statistics today which showed the cities where the most dog attacks against postal workers occurs; Seattle, Washington is #10 on the list with 28 dog attacks against postal carriers in 2010.

Nationally, there were 5,669 postal employees bitten by a dog. Throughout the U.S., there are 4.7 million Americans bitten annually.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog attacks account for more than 1/3 of all homeowner insurance liability claims paid in 2010.

Dog attacks can leave victims with serious injuries. Many victims suffer disfigurement or scarring. Other victims can suffer permanent nerve damage. According to one Seattle-area plastic surgeon, victims of dog mauling require multiple surgical procedures to repair the damage.

Washington States dog bite law, RCW 16.08.040 enables victims to recover damages for their injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience representing dog bite victims. At The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington based personal injury firm, we have more than 30 years experience in representing dog bite victims. With our help, you may recover compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation costs and for pain and suffering.  See our Dog Bite Resources.

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Sirlinda Hayles, a 66-year-old Columbia, South Carolina woman, was attacked and fatally mauled by two Rotweiller dogs as she stood in her garden says a report carried in The Seattle Times.

Hayes apparently worked daily in her garden and did not fear her neighbor’s dogs. The dog’s owner came to her aide and he was seriously injured in the dog attack.

Officers shot and killed the dogs when they arrived. According to reports, the there had been no previous reports of the dogs being vicious. It is not known whether there will be charges against the dogs’ owners. The family of the deceased seemed very forgiving about the attack while at the same time mourning the loss of their loved one.

Pit bull, Rottweilers and Presa Canarios dogs are responsible for nearly 75% of dog attacks and are responsible for 65% of the deaths according to a study by Merritt Clifton “Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, US and Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006.”

Approximately 16 people are killed every year across the United States in dog attacks. Washington State has a Dog Bite Law, RCW 16.08.040, which supports dog bite victims in seeking compensation in civil court for their damages.

The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience representing dog bite victims. At The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington based personal injury firm, we have more than 30 years experience in representing dog bite victims. With our help, you may recover compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation costs and for pain and suffering. 

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A Seattle woman — Katelynn Doolittle — credits a man who came to her attack with saving her life when she was attacked by a vicious pit bull near Lake Washington.

According to King 5 News of Seattle, Doolittle was jogging when a pit bull escaped its owner and attacked her; she was bitten five times. Matt Lloyd ran to her rescue she credits him with saving her life. Lloyd was also bitten by the dog.

Whenever we discuss pit bulls on this forum, we usually get a lot of comments. Many people say that a pit bull’s nature is not to be aggressive but that it is nurture and the way they are raised that makes them turn vicious.

The 2009 dog bite statistics reveal that there were 32 people killed in dog attacks and in 44% of those fatal attacks, the dog(s) involved were pit bulls. When we look at “rampage attacks,” attacks where one ore more dogs are involved or more than one person is injured, pit bulls were involved in 58% of those cases.

University of Washington animal behaviorist Dr. Jim Ha says,

The reason we’re focusing just on pit bulls is that we hear so much about them, and that is not because of the breed difference, the genetic difference – that’s because of the way they’ve been raised.

Dog bite injuries can cause serious physical and psychological trauma. Victims of severe dog mauling often require multiple surgeries, leaving victims with both psychological and permanent scarring and nerve damages.

Washington State has a dog bite law, RCW 16.08.040, which makes the owner of any dog which bites a person to be liable for the damages inflicted by the dog regardless of whether the dog was previously identified as vicious.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle dog bite attorney and we represent people who have been seriously injured by dog attacks. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

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The family of Kenneth Bock has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Konrad Haskins whose Redbone Coonhound bit Bock, who later died of complication of dog bites, a bacterial infection.

Washington state has a wrongful death lawsuit which allows the family of a person who died because of the wrongful or negligent act of another to recover damages.

According to an article in The Seattle Times, Bock and Haskins were at Chain Lake Mini-Storage in Monroe last February when Haskins’ dog, Buddy, bit Bock on the finger, a bite that drew blood.

A Whidbey Island man, Jim Murdy, was bitten by a pitbull dog after it attacked his Welsh corgi on Thursday night.

According to a report by the Seattle PI.com, Murdy was working in his yard around 4pm when he went to check on his two small grandsons – ages 5 and 6– as they played in the yard. It was then that a pitbull that had escaped its owner’s yard attacked his dog.

Murdy hit and kicked the pitbull bit it still seemed intent on attacking his dog. Murdy’s wife, Sandi, hit the pitbull with a broom and it still attacked. Finally, Murdy took out his motorized hedge tool and cut the pitbull. When the pitbull kept attacking, Murdy grabbed it by the collar and that’s when he was bitten.

A 71-year-old man, William Parker, died after two pit bull dogs attacked him while he was walking. The man suffered severe dog bites and then went into cardiac arrest and died after the attack.

Parker’s daughter was hospitalized in critical condition after the dogs attacked her.

Another man, Kevin Stringell, also suffered dog bites.

A 65-year-old woman was injured when she was attacked and bitten by a pit bull dog on Saturday morning in Beacon Hill reports The Seattle Times.

According to the report, the woman went into an apartment unit owned by her daughter when she was attacked and bitten by the dog.

The Seattle Police responded to a 911 call and took the woman to Harborview Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

The Journal of the San Juans reports that a 3-year-old girl who was visiting Friday Harbor from Texas was bitten by a dog that was tied to a bench on First and Spring streets on Friday afternoon.

According to the report, the little girl suffered a three-inch gash to her right check and was taken to Inter Island Medical Center for treatment.

The dog is owned by a Seattle couple and the had left their dog unattended while they were shopping at Joe Friday’s Shirt Co. They said the dog, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, had never bitten anyone in the past.