Adopted Animal Shelter Dogs That Bite or Attack

You Have Legal Rights If A Dog Adopted From An Animal Rescue or Humane Society Bites / Attacks

Dog rescue organizations, animal shelters, pet adoption groups and private individuals who sell or transfer ownership of a dog can be held legally liable if they fail to share important information, such as aggressive behavior or a history of biting, with the dog's new owner.  It is unethical, and in many cases illegal, to keep a dog’s history of biting or hostile behavior secret from a buyer/new dog owner.  The adoption agency or shelter has a duty to inform new owners of a dangerous dog's history. 

Chris Davis, considered by many to be Washington State's top dog bite attorney, and the Davis Law Group team have handled a number of cases that involve a shelter dog or adopted dog whose violent history was withheld from the new owners. These dogs later attacked a child, family member, friend or neighbor. Attack victims are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages including pain and suffering. 

If you, a family member, or loved one has been bitten by a shelter dog you may benefit from consulting with a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling dog bite claims. Contact Davis Law Group, P.S. at 206-727-4000 for a free legal consultation to determine if hiring a lawyer could add value to your case.

Animal Rescue in Washington State

This is a partial list of adoption services and rescue groups in Washington State. 

  • The Humane Society for Seattle/King County - Bellevue
  • Whatcom County Humane Society - Bellingham
  • King County Animal Control - Kent
  • PAWS Companion Animal Shelter - Lynnwood
  • Thurston County Animal Shelter - Olympia
  • Animal Talk Rescue - Seattle
  • Compassioned Animal Rescue and Education - Seattle
  • Rescue Every Dog - Seattle
  • Seattle Animal Control - Seattle
  • Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue - Seattle
  • Adopt-A-Pet - Shelton
  • Dog Rescue Around Washington - Tacoma
  • The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County - Tacoma
  • Southwest Washington Humane Society - Vancouver
  • It's Meow or Never Animal Rescue & Sanctuary - Woodinville
  • Humane Society of Central Washington - Yakima
Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.
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