Pit Bull Shot and Killed in Everett -- Owner Now Free to Be Prosecuted

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Speaking of pit bulls. An Everett home owner who shot a loose pit bull to death on Tuesday because he "felt threatened" has satisfied Everett Police that he had no other option but to shoot the dog. Never mind that the animal has never attacked anyone before, and hadn't attacked anyone when it was shot.

In fact, under Everett law, the owner of the pit bull may now face up to a year in jail for not preventing it from getting out in the first place--a law reserved only for pit bulls and a couple other breeds.

Everett Police Sgt. Ryan Dalberg tells Seattle Weekly that on Wednesday morning two calls were made to report a pit bull on the loose in the 7100 block of Lower Ridge Road.

The first call was made to Snohomish County Animal Control by a neighbor telling them that the dog was loose.

The second call was made by a different neighbor to police saying that he'd just shot the dog.

"The man's adult daughter had been frightened by the dog, so he escorted her out to her car with his gun," Dalberg says. "He said he was in fear for his safety and safety of neighborhood, so he shot the animal."

That fear is essentially all the gun wielder had to mention in order to prove to police that he had no choice but to shoot the animal.

The dog owner, meanwhile, could be counting his dead dog as the least of his worries.

That's because Everett has a specific law that requires "dangerous breeds" to never be let off a leash, even in a back yard, to wear a muzzle in public, and to never be allowed in off-leash dog parks.

What's a dangerous breed, according to the city of Everett? "Pitbulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and the mixes of these breeds" are all considered dangerous.

Violating the city's law, which the pit bull owner did as soon as his dog got loose, if not before that, is punishable by "up to $5,000 fine, a year in jail, or a combination of both."

As we reported yesterday, two pit bull-themed events are coming up that aim to show the dogs as either lovable (if misunderstood) family pets, or vicious killing machines, bent on destruction.

The organizer for the anti-pit-bull rally is pushing to get a law similar to Everett's passed in Seattle.

Not that anyone apparently needs a law like Everett's to shoot a dog that they "feel threatened" by. They just need a law like that to lock up the owner after they shoot the dog.

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