Dog attack in White Center injures 66-year old man

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The King County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) are investigating an overnight dog attack in unincorporated White Center which left a 66-year old man injured.

Early Wednesday morning, the man was bitten while walking to his home in the area of 18th Ave SW and SW 104th Street (map below). Three dogs were involved in the incident. The victim suffered bites and other injuries, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not life threatening, and his name is not being released at this time.

The victim used a pocket knife to try to fight off the dogs. He was assisted by a witness, and the two men were eventually able to chase the animals away. One of the dogs was severely wounded in the incident, and was humanely euthanized this morning.

Neighbors in the area said the dogs were running loose before the attack, and several reported being confronted by the dogs. However, law enforcement and animal control had not been notified before the attack occurred. In addition, there are no prior complaints made to Regional Animal Services regarding these dogs.

“We depend on the community to report threatening animals,” said Dr. Gene Mueller, RASKC Manager. “If you are being threatened by an animal, or see someone being threatened, you should call 9-1-1 right away.”

The two surviving dogs are in RASKC custody pending the outcome of the investigation. Animal control officers will talk to the dogs’ owners to determine if they were properly licensed and vaccinated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RASKC at 206-296-PETS (7387).

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