Woman cornered by same dogs that attacked boy
Woman intimidated by two bull mastiffs in South Seattle
Same dogs that attacked 10-year-old boy on December 4, 2010.
Date: December 20, 2010, 12/20/2010
Location: Southeast Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Dog attack
Outcome: Woman unharmed, Dogs quarantined
The same bull mastiff's that attacked a 10-year-old boy on December 4th, cornered a woman on Monday December 20th while she was walking her dog in a park in Southeast Seattle.
In a report from Kiro 7 News, the woman, who only wanted to be known by her first name Michelle, said that the dogs initially attacked her 11-month-old puppy, Pepsi. It was after he was able to get away that the bull mastiffs turned on her. One was behind and the other was in front of her, both were growling, barking, and trying to bite her.
Michelle described the experience as "absolutely terrifying" and credited her escape to her dog Pepsi's barking that may have alerted the owner. The bull mastiffs backed off as soon as their owner came outside. A neighbor described them as "the most dangerous dogs in the world" but the owners insisted that what happened earlier this month was an accident, and have not yet commented on this more recent attack.
The dogs' fate will ultimately be decided by Animal Control. They have returned to quarantine while to await their decision, but with the attack on the 10-year-old boy and this near-attack occuring within the same month, the odds are against them.
Dog Bite Statistics
Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. In the US, approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day and approximately 92 of these children will need medical attention. Statistically 15 to 20 people are killed in vicious fatal dog attacks every year. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog attacks.
Washington State Dangerous Dog Law
The owner of any dog that aggressively attacks and causes severe injury or death of any human, whether or not the dog has previously been declared potentially dangerous or dangerous, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a class C felony punishable in accordance with RCW 9A.20.021. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the human severely injured or killed by the defendant's dog. Read RCW 16.08.100 to learn more.
Seattle Dog Bite Law Attorneys
Unfortunately, dog attacks are very common and can have serious consequences, including permanent disfigurement, nerve and tissue damage and psychological trauma. In extreme cases, dog attacks may result in death. If you or a family member has suffered due to a dog bite, Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group can help you. Having experience with this type of claim, we have the skill and experience necessary to represent you.