Burien Girl Pleads Guilty To Using Pit Bull As A Weapon; Dog “Snaps” Will Be Released To Sanctuary
The 16-year old Burien girl who was accused of using her pit bull as a weapon in an attack on two women in SeaTac has plead guilty to charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and minor in possession of alcohol.
The suspect, who is not being named because she is underage, had trained â€œSnaps,â€ the pit bull (pictured at left), to attack, according to charging papers (read our June 22nd report here).
Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 8th, and she faces between 15 to 36 weeks in juvenile confinement.
Court documents (view/download PDF here) allege that the female and a group of boys were found abusing the animal on June 21st before the two women were attacked by the dog.
“Snaps,” the pit bull used as a “weapon,” will not be put to sleep, and was scheduled to leave King County Animal Care and Control today (Fri. Sept. 11th) so he can live at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, WA.
King County Animal Care and Control staff determined that, due to “Snaps” continued aggression towards people, he should not be placed with a foster or adoptive family as is often the outcome for other animals surrendered in criminal cases.
Two independent behavior assessments commissioned by King County from outside experts supported that determination and the recommendation that long term care in a sanctuary was the only option for the dog.
Olympic Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit animal welfare and rescue organization located in Forks, has agreed to take custody of the dog. It provides a place for the care and rehabilitation of dogs that are non-adoptable due to behavior such as fighting dogs, street dogs, feral dogs, wolf or coyote hybrids, and dogs that have killed other animals or bitten people. Staff take their time rehabilitating the animals to ensure the process is done correctly and to help the animals learn to get along with humans and each other while never being placed for adoption again.
The City of Forks does not require nor offer a kennel license; however, the Forks Police and Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Departments are in frequent contact with the Sanctuary and are very knowledgeable about the facility and the work being done there. King County Animal Care and Control has been in contact with the City of Forks Police Department to alert them to their new resident.
â€œThe Olympic Animal Sanctuary will be a great place for Snaps to rest, heal, and learn to be a normal dog, even if he will never be truly safe for adoption,â€ said King County Animal Care and Control Manager Nancy McKenney.
The staff at King County Animal Care and Control cared for Snaps while the case of his former owner moved through the justice system.
â€œThis is an example of the hard work our staff does to ensure that every animal has a chance,â€ said McKenney. â€œItâ€™s one of the many reasons we only have a 20% euthanasia rate; one of the lowest in the country.â€
King County Animal Care and Control extends its thanks to all the Snaps supporters who have e-mailed, called and offered to adopt the dog (several of whom rallied through this very blog).
â€œExperts agree that this dog is not a good fit for adoption but we encourage his supporters and others to consider bringing home one of the other adoptable pit bulls and pit bull mixes we have in our adoption kennels,â€ McKenney said.
Situations like the one with Snaps can be avoided through responsible pet ownership. If pet owners are having trouble managing their pet, theyâ€™re urged to consult a certified animal trainer.
For more information on responsible pet ownership, please visit the King County Animal Care and Control Pet Tips Page: http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/AnimalServices/pettips.aspx.
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