King County councilwoman introduces “dangerous dog” bill

King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson has introduced legislation which would revise King County Code to increase fees and fines and provide special requirements and disciplinary actions for owners of “dangerous and potentially dangerous dog,” according to the Federal Way News.

Patterson’s legislation comes after a 72-year-old SeaTac woman was seriously injured after two pit bull dogs attacked her after she had walked her grandchildren to the school bus. In that attack, Huong Le, suffered serious injuries including a broken arm, broken jaw, severed ears and bites to her leg.

Washington state law defines dangerous dogs as dogs that inflicts severe injury on a human being, kills a domestic animal without provocation while the dog is off the owner’s property, or has been previously found to be potentially dangerous because of injury inflicted on a human are considered.

The legislation would require owners of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs to:

  • spay or neuter their dog
  • keep the dog in a proper enclosure
  • keep the dog on a leash or muzzled at all times
  • provide insurance or surety bonds for keeping such dogs
  • install signs on their property warning people of their dog
  • pay a higher license fee for certain dogs

4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites every year and one in 5 of those require medical treatment.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent dog bite victims and their families. A dog bite or dog attack falls under the category of “general negligence” and civil law allows and injured person to receive compensation for injuries if negligent behavior resulted in an injury.

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