Updated on: 2/20/2019
Pit Bull Owner Wants Dogs Returned To His Custody
Donna Berto (pictured below), age 67, was viciously attacked and mauled by two pit bulls on July 31, 2015 outside of the North Point Smoke Shop on 29th Street NE in Tacoma. The City of Tacoma declared two dogs owned by Johnny and Devin Cannady (pictured above), to be “dangerous dogs” on August 6th. The dogs are being held by Tacoma Humane Society.
Today, October 7, 2015, the owners of the dogs will appear in City of Tacoma Municipal Court to attempt to appeal the “dangerous dog” designation. They claim that their dogs were not the same dogs that attacked Dona Berto. The hearing starts at 9:00 am. According to City Attorney Jennifer Taylor, Donna Berto will be the first person to testify at the hearing. Tacoma Municipal Code states that, “any dog declared to be dangerous must, after the exhaustion of any appeal, be humanely euthanized.”
Dog bite attorney Chris Davis who represents Ms. Berto in her civil claim will be accompanying her to the hearing. Interviews must go through Mr. Davis office.
Hearing Location: Tacoma Municipal Bldg North, 733 Market Street, Room 16, Tacoma, WA