A city says they experience one animal attack each week.
Recently, a 15-year-old girl suffered from serious cuts to her head after their family dog attacked her with no cause. The dog, a border collie and German shorthair cross, bit a 3-centimeter cut on her head, resulting in four staples.
When any animal bites occur, it is required that they are reported.
After the incident, the dog was immediately held at a local animal shelter, where he will remain for 10 days per city code.
The dog was evaluated and been determined as not dangerous.
When a dog attacks, there are many things that are taken into consideration; determining whether the dog or animal is vicious, potentially dangerous or dangerous. This could include the severity of the injury, if it is a repeat offense, and physical and behavioral characteristics.
To be characterized as vicious, the dog must have scratched or bitten without provocation.
Generally, the owners are given a ticket.
A dog that is characterized as potentially dangerous has caused harm to a person or animal through scratching or biting, but the injury is not serious. Owners are usually required to microchip these dogs.
A dangerous dog is one that has caused serious injury to someone. These animals are usually removed from the city of euthanized. City and state laws differ.
If you believe a dog or other animal is dangerous, it is recommended to contact a city official who can assist with your concern. If you have been the victim of an animal attack, contact an attorney immediately who can explain to you your legal rights.
There is also a free resource available to you that can answer your questions. Dog bite attorney Chris Davis wrote a book for the victims of dog bites. The book entitled The Essential Guide to Dog Bite Claims in Washington State is complimentary, available at