UPDATE: Escaped Pit Bull Found, Recovered With Taser Dart Still In It
The escaped pit bull dog involved in last Thursday’s attack on two women in Burien – including former Mayor Sally Nelson (read our extensive previous coverage here) – was found and recovered Sunday night (July 10th).
The dog, named ‘Bella,’ was limping, with scrapes on her underside. She also had a Taser dart embedded in her from last Thursday’s incident when recovered.
“We had spotted the dog in the area over the weekend,” said Debra George of Burien CARES Animal Control. “So we knew she was around. Apparently she wandered into the back door of her owner’s house, and they called us.”
The pit bull is now in possession of Burien CARES, and is currently being treated for her injuries. Debra George says that she will then enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
What happens next is unknown. From our initial research, the City of Burien has no specific law regarding dog bites, and it appears that this may fall under the state’s jurisdiction.
“The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness,” reads the state’s website on dog bite liability, or RCW 16.08.040.
“All animals that have bitten, breaking the skin, must be quarantined,” reads King County’s website. “Animals threatening, attacking, or otherwise posing a threat to public safety may be deemed dangerous.”
Debra adds that the dog will likely be returned to its owners, who will be cited and made to prove that it’s up-to-date with its shots, and that it can’t escape again.
“This dog was limping, and was very frightened,” added George. “She had been through a lot.”
We will be updating The B-Town Blog with more information as we gather it, so check back often.