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Old 06-26-2009, 04:23 AM   #1

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Patterson introduces dangerous dog legislation

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Patterson introduces dangerous dog bill in reaction to SeaTac pit bull attack

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Responding to a vicious attack on a 72-year old SeaTac woman by two pit bulls, King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson has introduced legislation restricting owners of dangerous dogs.

Last fall's attack left the victim in critical condition, with severed ears, a crushed arm and severe wounds across her body.

"Dogs bites are a serious problem that inflict considerable damage--both physical and emotional--on victims and their families," said Patterson, a SeaTac resident. "In order to prevent these tragic events, King County needs additional tools to protect our communities. I believe this proposed legislation is a great step in ensuring the safety and well-being of both our dogs and our residents."

The Center for Disease Control reports that dogs bite 4.5 million Americans each year, with one in five dog bites resulting in injuries that require medical attention.

The proposed legislation would make revisions to King County Code to reflect current Revised Code of Washington provisions and to address public safety concerns regarding dog bites.

The proposal would create special requirements, higher fees and fines, and disciplinary action for owners of dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.

Specifically, the proposed legislation would require owners to:

Spay or neuter dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous.

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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It's pretty much what we settled on in my county, except that our ordinance also says "any dog that acts in an unprovoked, aggressive manner". It's reactive, not proactive. I think an owner and public education component needs to be added.

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