Happening nearby: Tip leads to owner of dog who attacked boy in Edmonds

MyNNN-Logo-w-AllThanks to a tip from a resident, Edmonds police have identified the owner of the dog who attacked a 6-year-old Shoreline boy in the “no dogs” area of Brackett’s Landing Park in Edmonds on Aug. 19. The owner did not identify himself and left the scene with the dog immediately after the incident.

Fortunately the boy’s mother was taking video on her cell phone at the time of the attack. Edmonds Police circulated screen shots from the video to the media in an attempt to locate the dog and its owner.

“The child was taken to Swedish/Edmonds for treatment of puncture wounds around his mouth, chin and arm,” said Edmonds Police spokesperson Sgt. Shane Hawley. “He was taken home from the ER with no hospital stay, and is doing well.”

“We received several tips from the public.  One of them panned out and led us to the suspect,” Hawley said.

According to Hawley, the owner is a 40-year-old man from Edmonds, and the dog, a female pit bull mix, is unlicensed. The incident occurred in the beach area north of the restrooms and below Sunset Avenue, which is posted “no dogs.” The owner has been charged with two animal control violations: 1) having a dog in a no dogs allowed area, and 2) no animal license.

Hawley explained that no criminal charges can be brought against the owner because a dog bite is not considered an assault under state law. This also means there is no criminal violation for leaving the scene of the incident.

However, Edmonds City Code calls for animals involved in bite incidents to be quarantined for 10 days, with the quarantine period starting at the time of the bite. Quarantine does not necessarily have to be at a kennel. The dog can be placed on quarantine at the owners home. But in this case, by the time the dog and owner were found, the 10-day period was already over.

“We checked with the animal’s vet and the dog was current on shots and in good health, posing no health risk to the boy,” Hawley said. “We also served the owner with a potentially dangerous dog declaration.”

Dangerous dog declarations are part of the Edmonds Quarantine Statute (EMC5.05.040), and require that the pet owner take extra measures including the purchase of extended liability coverage and building enhanced enclosures.

Police are not releasing the name of the boy or the video of the incident. “We released the suspect still photo, captured from the video only to help ID him,” said Hawley. “And it worked!”

— By Larry Vogel

  1. I’m very happy and relieved the boy is alright! As for the grossly negligent and irresponsible dog owner, shame on him for allowing his dog off leash in a No Dogs zone.

    Most Pit Bulls love people of all ages, albeit over-the-top enthusiastically, but Pit Bulls (and PB mixes) are high-intensity dogs whose temperament must be assessed for safe human/animal interaction. They require firm, consistent training. And for that, I highly recommend John Sparks of Sparks K9 Services in Monroe.

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