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November 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

It is the dog owner’s responsibility to determine the threat of an animal

Not all pit bulls are suitable as pets

As a person with a 13-year career as a letter carrier and a 23-year career as a UPS driver, I unfortunately am equipped to speak from experience about how it feels to be targeted by literally hundreds of dogs that overwhelming desired to injure me [“Spanaway woman dies week after attack by two pit bulls, NWThursday, Nov. 7].

Mindless aggression was a thing I had to contend with. But more unpleasant than this situation was the subtle, but even more maddening, attitudes of the owners.

I just read the article that reported the death of Spanaway resident Nga Woodhead due to an unprovoked attack perpetrated by two pit bulls that lived near her. She made the mistake of going for a walk and was subsequently ambushed from behind. Your piece tells us that this poor woman was left lying helpless on the ground, covered with bruises and with one arm shredded. She passed away due to her injuries a week later while still in a Tacoma hospital.

What struck me in particular, in addition to the overwhelming tragedy, was the response of the owner of these animals: “They’re really nice dogs.” If nice dogs cause the deaths of innocent passers-by whenever it suits them, then how would other dogs behave that are a little less nice? I will never understand what it is that prevents a dog owner from expressing a simple truth and stepping out from behind endless denial. One person’s life has ended, and her husband’s life has been destroyed. That is reality.

Tom Likai, Shoreline

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