Topic: dog attack
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October 28, 2013 at 10:12 AM
The Associated Press
HOQUIAM — An 8-year-old boy, his younger sister and their baby sitter are recovering from bite wounds after a dog belonging to the siblings’ family attacked them in their backyard in Washington state.
KBKW reports the boy had the worst of it. He received stitches for wounds to his head and thigh. His 3-year-old sister and their 15-year-old baby sitter also were treated for dog bites.
When police were called to the home in the coastal town of Hoquiam on Friday, the officer found a mastiff mauling the boy in the yard and the baby sitter and 3-year-old in a shed trying to hold off the dog with a rake.
The officer used a stun gun to shock the animal and then shot it three times with his service pistol to stop the attack.
Police Chief Jeff Myers says the dog was still aggressive when a veterinary tech arrived and euthanized it at the family’s request.
July 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM
A 66-year-old man has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after he was attacked by three dogs this morning in White Center.
The victim was walking to his home near 18th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 104th Street when he was attacked by the dogs, according to Regional Animal Services of King County. The victim used a pocket knife to fight off the dogs.
Two witnesses came to his aid and were able to chase the dogs away, animal services said. One of the dogs was severely wounded and was euthanized this morning.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment for dog bites and other injuries.
Neighbors in the area said the dogs were running loose before the attack, and several reported being confronted by the dogs, animal services said.
The two surviving dogs are in custody pending the outcome of the investigation. Animal control officers plan to talk to the dogs’ owners to determine if they were properly licensed and vaccinated.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating.
On Tuesday, Seattle police shot and killed a dog that had bitten a house painter and charged at officers.
January 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Two dogs attacked a school bus driver at Northeast Seattle’s Eckstein Middle on Friday morning, which led to a brief lock down at the school.
The bus driver, who was taking a walk around the school before heading to another school, suffered puncture wounds to his hands, according to a recorded message sent to all Eckstein families. All students and staff were told to remain in their classrooms out of concern the dogs would strike again.
Police detained the dogs, said Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Lesley Rogers, who did not know what type of dogs they were.
The school has since been reopened.
This type of attack does not happen every day, Rogers said.
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