Two Pit Bulls have been declared “Dangerous” after entering a home in Longview, Washington, where the sliding glass door had been left open and they viciously killed the family’s beloved 11-year-old pet cat, according to the Daily News.
The Pit Bulls’ owners now have 72 hours to comply with dangerous animal requirements outlined in the city ordinance, which includes registering the dog and paying a $250 fee, buying a $20 orange dog collar that says “Dangerous Dog,” posting “Dangerous Dog” signs on their property and obtaining an additional $250,000 in liability insurance on homeowner insurance policies.
On May 6, Kelly Anderson, 26, was sitting in the living room of his parent’s Longview home enjoying a warm sunny morning with the family’s three cats. Two Pit Bulls suddenly burst through the open sliding glass door at the back deck that is left open for the cats. The dogs jumped on the young man but he pushed them off, FoxNews reports. The Anderson home is located in the 1100 block of 20th Ave. and the backyard is only partially fenced.
Anderson said he remained calm and tried to “shoo” the dogs back outside. But the commotion woke up the family’s sleepiing 11-year-old orange tabby cat, Flex, who was on the windowsill, which was his favorite place. The cat meowed and both Pit Bulls turned and pounced on the helpless and unsuspecting feline.
Kelly did all he could to beat off the dogs with a closet rod, he said. He screamed for the dogs to let go of the cat, the Longview Daily News reports.
His mother, Sandra Anderson, 54, heard the commotion and raced down to see the dogs dragging her pet cat back and forth through the house. She told the Daily News that blood was everywhere.
Sandra realized that Flex was dead but now feared for the safety of her son, so she quickly dialed 911. At the same time, Kelly Anderson snuck out the side door and went around to the back of the house, where he shut the sliding door to the deck and trapped the dogs inside.
When Longview Police and animal control arrived, they said both Pit Bulls sat quietly, and allowed the officers to loop them with catch poles. From the license being worn by one of the dogs, it was determined that they in the 900 block of 19th Avenue, which is about 2 blocks and just north of Kessler Elementary School.
The Longview Humane Society’s animal control officer issued the owner, Peter M. Hansen, a $771 ticket for allowing his dogs to run loose and for one being unlicensed. The dogs are named Magnum and Honey, the Daily News states.
Wednesday, May 15, the Humane Society notified the dog owners that the Pit Bulls have been declared dangerous, according to Animal Control Supervisor Mike Nicholson. There was one prior incident on record, which occurred when Magnum escaped in June and was impounded before being returned to his owners, Nicholson said.
According to Longview ordinance, after authorities declare a dog dangerous, the owner has 72 hours to comply with dangerous animal requirements outlined by the law, which includes registering the dog and paying a $250 fee, buying a $20 orange dog collar that says “Dangerous Dog,” posting “Dangerous Dog” signs on their property and obtaining an additional $250,000 in liability insurance on homeowner insurance policies.
Nicholson described the dog owners as “respectable people.” Nicholson told the Daily News on Wednesday that the couple is devastated over what happened to Flex and want to compensate the Andersons.
Sandra Anderson said she hasn’t heard from the Hansens yet, and she’s waiting for the formal reports from police and animal control before she’ll try to contact them. She said it cost more than $1,000 to have all the blood removed from the carpets and flooring and she intends to send them the bill for the cost of hiring professionals to clean up Flex’s blood and the odor.
But, she said, the worst part is the lingering memory of the break-in and seeing Flex mauled to death in his own home. Sandra Anderson said they no longer leave the door open for their other cats and she no longer feels comfortable in her own home, knowing the dogs are back in the community.
She pondered what might have happened if her three-year-old grandson had been there, according to the Daily News.
“What’s to prevent them from getting out again?” she asked. “They have the taste of blood — and if they got out again, they know where they got it.”
Source: The Daily News