UPDATE 11/05/09: Apparently some of these stories of attacks were exaggerated.
Over the past 2 weeks there have been several dog attacks at local dog park.
The first was on September 25 at Magnuson park in the Sandpoint neighborhood of Seattle. Three pit bulls attacked a boxer and boston terrier. The owner of the pit bulls did not intervene immediately but finally called the dogs off. The boxer died 2 hours later and the terrier survived, severely injured.
The second attack occurred on October 2nd at Magnuson as well. Three pit bulls attacked an adult and puppy husky. Apparently, again, the owner did not intervene right away. One of the huskies ended up with a broken leg.
Here is more info on the Magnuson attacks from KOMO.
The third attack happened at the Edmonds dog park on Wednesday. Here is the report:
I was at the Edmonds Dog Beach at about 3pm with my sister, dog Maddie (GShep mix, 1yo, 75lbs) and Luke (Husky, 4yo, 80lbs). We were playing in the water when a red pit (approx 60lbs) and a black staffordshire terrier (aprox 40lbs) approached us. They started playing a little agressivley (which says alot for Maddie) and were called off by the owners. Later, the black one came up again. The black one, “Junior,” was playing with Maddie a bit too agressivley, and when the red saw this, he bolted over (knocking me over) and began the attack. The two ganged up on Maddie, biting at her hocks and throat. I tried to pull them off but could only pull one off at a time, and after about a minute, the owner came over and pulled them off. He returned to his girlfriend, and they began laughing aobut how I got knocked over when Junior chased Maddie down the beach. I continued to watch for other incidents, but did not call police. Before we left, Approx 4pm, I approached the couple and told them “It doesn’t bother me that this happened, but there are other people who will call the police so please watch for agressive behaviour.”
The female ( About 5’6″, 190+ lbs, late twenties/early thirties) proceeded to get in my face and scream about how, since her animals were neutered, they were good owners and that I should call the police. The male (About 5’8″, 200lbs, mid/early thirties) stood behind her. At this point in time, my sister walked over and began telling her to back off, and she continues to get in my sister’s face, screaming obscenities and threatining to call the police. During this, the red pit for the third time attacked Maddie, and the male grabbed him and drug him back. After five minutes of heated conversation (with yelling and screaming), my sister and I walked away, taking our dogs and heading toward the exit.
We got into the car and drove to the other side of the parking lot, watching them walk to thier car. They kept walking, and I drove away. I stopped just past the closest dry dock area, backed into a parking spot, and waited about five minutes. The couple drove by, and I began driving out of the parking lot. Twice, the female attempted to pull into the parking lot, and the third time she tried to block the exit. I drove past, wrote down the plate, and drove away quickly.
The couple is described as a heavily tattoo man in his 20’s and a female 5’6 190 lbs late in her 20’s with three pit bulls.
Apparently police officials have their license plate number and are in the process of tracking them down. For now, if you seen them at the MLT dog park, I’d suggest leaving immediately and contacting Jim Ito, president of MLT DOG, at firstname.lastname@example.org
[image courtesy Cocoabiscuit]