Monday sometime before 7:30 p.m. an 82-year old woman was viciously attacked by two pit bulls that resided in the home where she lived in Satsop, Wash. Once her two roommates returned home, the police and emergency services were contacted to assist. The dogs belonged to one of the woman’s roommates. A week prior to the attack one of the dogs had bitten the woman but the incident was never reported.
Upon arriving back at the home the other two adults rushed to her aid, the owner of the dogs retreived his .22 caliber rifle and shot one of the dogs in the head. Once police arrived the owner relinquished custody to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and requested that the dog be euthanized. The woman injured in the attack was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.
The owner of the two dogs has 10 days from giving up custody of the dog to change his mind on the euthanasia. If he does regain the dog he would have to go through the proper legal steps to keep the dog, as it would be classified as a dangerous or vicious dog. In Washington State the owner would need to have a bond, proper encloser for the dog and a muzzle for when the dog is being walked. There may be other stipulations added to keeping the dog if the local judge feels it is in the best interest of the animal and the people who come in contact with the dog.