An Update On “Snaps,” The Pit Bull Used In SeaTac Attack


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We’ve received a lot of comments from Readers wondering what the future might hold for “Snaps,” the Pit Bull used “as a weapon” in last Sunday’s SeaTac attack against two women.

We sent an email to Christine Lange, Communications Manager for the King County Department of Executive Services and Facilities Management Division, who replied with this update – basically the case is still under investigation, and the fate of Snaps, (who has been turned over to King County Animal Care & Control), which may be declared a “dangerous dog,” is still undecided:

Thank you for the opportunity to offer an update. We can share that the owner of the dog has surrendered the dog over to King County Animal Care and Control (KCACC). The case is a possible felony open investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Department and we may be required to care for the dog past its 10-day required quarantine period while the investigation continues.

KCACC always keeps public safety, the laws and animal welfare concerns foremost in our work and actions. The laws are such that when a dog causes such severe and multiple bites, it may be declared a “dangerous dog” and is subject to the local regulations regarding confinement, removal from the area, and/or possible euthanasia. At this point, we also do not know if the owners or the children of the owners spent time “training” the dog to attack or defend, so we would have to be careful and consider the safety of placing it with another family or organization.

We appreciate the concern members of the public have expressed on behalf of the dog, and we can always use the help of people who are passionate about helping animals. If anyone is interested in volunteering to be a foster parent to one of our adoptable animals, please visit our web site: www.kingcounty.gov/pets.

Christine Lange
Communications Manager

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17 Responses to “An Update On “Snaps,” The Pit Bull Used In SeaTac Attack”
  1. janet says:

    In the picture, Snaps looks like a sweet little dog. Can he be rehabilitated? Can he be saved and put in a loving home where no one will kick him into submission? I believe Snaps should be saved. He didn’t ask for the abuse, he just ended up in a very bad place. Which one of those little terrorists owned poor Snaps, and what else did they do to him? Save Snaps!

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    • Carolyn says:

      Of course he CAN be rehabilitated. All dogs can be rehabilitated – and much faster and more reliably than those awful kids! But the question is…. will the county LET him be rehabilitated and give him another chance? The home he had was obviously not one he should ever have been in in the first place. Not to mention, the dog is completely innocent. He had no choice in the matter. Snaps is every bit as much a victim of this crime as the two women. There’s a petition started for snaps here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/helpsavesnaps

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      • Mijanou Kessler says:

        I run a sanctuary, and I have personally rehab’d a pit that had been used in fighting and as I am disabled my pitbull is now my companion dog …THEY CAN BE REHAB’D !!!

        Snaps was made to bite, it is the fault of the teens involved in this, and THEIR PARENTS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR LETTING THEIR CHILDREN TURN INTO CRUEL MONSTERS…

        Please do not give up this fight people, Snaps deserves a loving home where he can learn that people will treat him right.

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        • monkeywrench says:

          while i don’t believe snaps is at fault, i do believe he is capable of hurting humans again. i do believe “THE PARENTS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR LETTING THEIR CHILDREN TURN INTO CRUEL MONSTERS…”

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  2. Lisa (another one!) says:

    Thank you very much for the update! I am hoping that he will be given a second chance. There is an online petition to help save him here:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/helpsavesnaps

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  3. Rebecca Whitmire says:

    This dog does not deserve any punishment whatsoever. His punishment has already been doled out by the cruelty he has endured by living in the horrible environment of the monsters who tried to make him an attack dog. Obviously this FAILED. Snaps is not a danger to the community, these children are. Snaps can be rehabilitated easily. However these evil children are already headed toward a life of crime. Just another statistic.

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  4. Jennifer O'Donnell says:

    I’ve created a petition to help save Snaps. He deserves to live his life out in a sanctuary and know kindness for the first time.

    Your signature would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/20/please-save-snaps-seatac-washington-pitbull-to-die

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  5. Start prosecuting the true offenders here, juveniles or not and do not hold Snaps accountable for the actions of the kids!! He was also a victim as well as the women who were assaulted if not moreso by these children’s brutality, kicking and beatings. Heaven only knows what else he as endured at the hands of these little cretins when no one was looking. Please give Snaps a second chance at a decent life, in a deserving home that is filled with love and not brutality! He deserves a second chance at the very least!!

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  6. Ginger Lee says:

    As per the eyewitness account, Snaps was being beaten and kicked which is why the women intervened! Snaps was being victimized and out of fear, pain and confusion transferred provoked aggression onto the wrong persons. The ones that should be held accountable are the kids, not the victimized animal. Surely after a time of decompression and calm, it would seem only fair that this animal should be temperment tested and evaluated. If he were truly aggressive, he would have bitten those who were abusing him instead of being incited to bite someone else. Please give this animal a chance at a decent life in a loving home. Snaps is and was just as much as a victim as those who tried to help him. Do the right, moral and kind justice to Snaps, please.

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    • monkeywrench says:

      what the first woman may have thought was the children abusing the dog, could very well have been a game for snaps. dogs liuke that love to play, and kicking can be just a game to them.

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  7. Christine pugh says:

    Snaps does not deserve this punishment she has been through anough in the past life she was living You should give her a new life with a person who will be responsible and knows what they are doing with a dog she shows no agression so it seems I just hate to see another pit go down due to the way people have treated them most do change and can change once taken out of a bad enviroment and put in a stable and good enviroment with love and responsiblity.

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  8. nikole says:

    Come On Pit Rescue… get ur behindsin there and get snaps out!!! I dont kow who the local rescue is but theres gotta be several pit rescues in that area. Or any powerful breed dog rescue thats experienced with such powerful dogs and can help snaps!!
    And give us the names of those damned kids cuz they obviously need a spanking!!

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  9. PBMom says:

    Is there ANY news at all on this case? There are many, many signatures from all over the world on the two petitions that I’ve seen. I wonder, will this dog be given a reprieve? If anyone knows anything, can you please post.

    To the person above – Do you SERIOUSLY think any dog thinks getting kicked is fun? I hope not, I hope you meant “something else”. No dog, including a pit bull, likes to be kicked and it’s doubtful that this is the first abuse the dog was subjected to. In addition, IMHO, the reason why he got involved in the “attack” can most likely be attributed to a surge in adrenalin caused by fear from bring surrounded by a group of kicking lunatics combined with the additional excitement of the attack itself which as the story said, the person holding his chain was involved in.

    Snaps looks exactly like my own pittie baby, who wouldn’t hurt a fly so that combined with the injustice of this entire thing has really got me going. I wish there was more I could do for him, I really want to see this dog saved.

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    • PBMom says:

      Well, I have sent a letter to most of the shelter personnel listed here:
      http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/AnimalServices/customerservice.aspx

      I will post any response that I get. In a nutshell, I asked what the status of Snaps is & if they would allow him to be released to a reputable pit bull rescue. I also relayed my own experience with rescued pit bulls, and reminded them of M. Vick’s dogs & their incredible journey from that hell hole to loved companions. So, we will see….

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  10. PBMom says:

    I got a response:

    We appreciate this opportunity to offer an update on the recent Pit Bull attack in SeaTac on 6/21/09. We can share that the owner of the dog has surrendered the dog over to King County Animal Care and Control (KCACC). The case is a possible felony open investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Department and we may be required to care for the dog past its 10 day required quarantine period while the investigation continues.

    KCACC always keeps public safety, the laws and animal welfare concerns foremost in our work and actions. The laws are such that when a dog causes such severe and multiple bites, it may be declared a “dangerous dog” and is subject to the local regulations regarding confinement, removal from the area, and/or possible euthanasia. At this point, we also do not know if the owners or the children of the owners spent time “training” the dog to attack or defend, so we would have to be careful about even considering the safety of placing it with another family or organization. Despite what the public may be concluding based on one photo or media coverage, the dog has caused severe injury to more than one person and may very well be capable of causing severe injuries again to other animals or the public.

    If there is decision to release the dog (again, pending direction from the legal authorities involved in this case AND thorough evaluation of the dog, the law and our available options), we will be in touch with selected rescue and/or sanctuaries outside the area to discuss alternatives.

    We appreciate the concern members of the public have expressed on behalf of the dog, and we can always use the help of people who are passionate about helping animals. If anyone is interested in volunteering to be a foster parent to one of our adoptable animals, please visit our web site (www.kingcounty.gov/pets).

    Thank you again for contacting King County Animal Care and Control.
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  11. Southern Hoosier says:

    Snaps is doing quite well.

    The sanctuary’s most famous inmate is Snaps, a mixed breed who made headlines south of Seattle in June when he attacked two women on the command of his owner, a 15-year-old girl.
    “This vicious monster of a dog, he’s the sweetest thing in the world,” said Markwell, who often exchanges face kisses with Snaps, one of the few dogs allowed to roam uncaged inside the large industrial building, ringed with kennels, that is the heart of the sanctuary.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-bad-dogs11-2009dec11,0,458776.story?track=rss

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