Spokane, Washington - Off-Leash Dog Bites Person, Causes Death of Another Dog
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Spokane, Washington – Off-Leash Dog Bites Person, Causes Death of Another Dog

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Posted on September 18, 2019

Spokane, Washington (September 15, 2019) – A loose pit bull caused the death of a family dog and bit a person in the Logan Neighborhood on Sunday evening. The patient, Chloe Senger, was talking with an officer from Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) when the dog came up and bit her. There were no mentions of the injured needing hospitalization in the incident.

According to the report, Bonnie Rae was taking an evening walk around 6 p.m. with the family dog, a terrier mix. In the 2500 block of North Morton Street, a loose pit bull appeared and attacked the terrier, killing it. Amy Brown and Chloe Senger came to their mother’s house after hearing about the attack. The SCRAPS officer arrived as well, and while the family was talking to the officer near their home, the pit bull returned and bit Senger. SCRAPS Officer John Durbin managed to corral the dog and get into the agency’s truck. The owner of the pit bull has not been recognized.

About Dog Bites

From the unfortunate circumstances which has come onto the victims in this case, we extend our sympathies and well wishes for recovery. Dog bites are a serious matter, involving a very painful and sometimes scarring experience for the persons involved. Injuries from dog bites can include amputation, disfigurement, and injuries to the neck, face, nerves and eyes. Unfortunately, over half of the reported dog bite victims are children, who may not be able to recognize the warning signs an aggressive animal might attack.

According to statistics from DogBites.org, from January 2005 to March 2018, the number one breed involved in fatal dog attacks on humans are pit bulls, the same breed of dog involved in this case.  Pit bulls account for more than half of the report with 284 cases, or 65.6% of all cases. It should be noted that each dog’s individual disposition differs even in the same breed, and it would be wise to be cautious around any dog one is not familiar with regardless of breed. People should not be deterred from getting a certain breed of dog, but it would do well for owners to be familiar with capability of the dog so as to be more able to be responsible for the dog.