The owner was assessed a $100 civil penalty, said Al Dams, a spokesman for King County Animal Services.
Darla, an approximately year old pit bull, has been impounded at the county's animal shelter in Kent since the attacks.Dams
said animal control officers also issued a removal order, meaning the owner may choose to place the animal with somebody in another county.However, animal control officers in that county must be notified in advance and may refuse to allow the dog in their county, Dams
The pit bull's owner also can choose to sign a release relinquishing ownership, and the dog will be euthanized, Dams
The owner also can appeal the ruling to the county's Board of Appeals, Dams
said.Animal control officers still are investigating and considering whether to file misdemeanor criminal charges against the dog's owner for maintaining a potentially vicious dog and for allowing her to escape, Dams said.
The pit bull escaped the yard of the owner's East Hill home and attacked two small dogs at a neighbor's home in the 21300 block of 103rd Place Southeast.Those dogs survived with minor injuries.
Another neighbor returned home to find his
dog, a Pomeranian, with a severe neck wound where it had been bitten by the pit bull.The Pomeranian was put to sleep because of the injury, Dams
The pit bull's owner also faces claims and potential legal action from the other dog owners, Dams