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Dangerous Dog Hearing: Double Pit Bull Attack

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

They want to appeal the Dangerous dog Designation? I can't believe they would let them have this mutant killer back. This dog needs to be euthanized. These owners clearly are not responsible or this would not have happened. The dogs are dangerous, obviously, from the injuries this woman had. The owners should be worrying about how they are going to pay this womans hospital and medical bills. Just hope the owners were Homeowners. Most pit Bull Owners are losers that don't have a damn thing. Owners of these dogs should have to pay medical bills and damages. They should be required to have liability Insurance, $500,000 per dog or they can't own them
by Gail Rosbach October 9, 2015 at 12:53 AM
I am an animal activist, and I strongly believe it's the owner's responsibility to not allow their pet to roam. Leash laws aren't just for the pet's safety, but the public as well. People don't want to hear it, but their loving pet may react differently in another environment with different people. Sadly, the two dogs may loose their life because of irresponsible owners.
by Marjorie Felder October 8, 2015 at 04:35 AM
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