An open letter to dog owners and Arbor Heights residents

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    wwucats
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    To my dear West Seattleites and fellow Arbor Heights residents:

    Please don’t allow your dogs to run loose. I was nearly attacked on a walk this evening by a large dog. The dog was in a fenceless yard, unattended and without a leash or a chain. She ran across the street to me and growled, barked, and showed her fangs as I pressed myself against a fence. She got less than two feet away from my bare legs. My mom and I screamed and yelled at the top of our lungs for someone to get their dog. Finally, a neighbor came outside after at least a minute. He said the dog belonged to his neighbor, whose yard she came from. The dog’s house and all of the neighboring houses had full driveways, yet no one else could be bothered to come out and help.

    To the people who didn’t help: I sincerely hope you had fallen to the bystander effect instead of a lack of empathy.

    To the owner: It’s incredibly irresponsible to allow your untrained dog to be left unattended outside when she has an instinct to protect her land by growling at and cornering passersby. I hope your dog doesn’t attack a person or one of the cats that roam the area. I also hope she doesn’t get hit by a car while she’s loose.

    #1008945

    Gebus
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    Hi @wwucats did this happened on 105th behind the school? Just curious as I have had something similar happen to me and I reported them to animal control.
    If it is the same house I have some information for you.
    Sorry that happened.

    #1008946

    wwucats
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    @Gebus Yes, that’s where it was. Sorry that happened to you, too.

    #1008950

    Gebus
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    @wwucats you need to contact Robert Linke – He is an animal control officer for Seattle Animal Shelter. You can refer to my Case No 5515656. The owners of this dog I believe own the Wildwood Market. They should be fined because they are clearly not learning their lesson. Their dog(s) attacked me and my dog. They used to have two but I have only seen the one out lately.
    He can be reached at Robert.Linke@seattle.gov
    You should report them because there is a fine involved, especially because this is not the first time this has happened. I tried to call them when this happened but they never had the decency to call me back so I reported them and he did go to their address and speak to them. I carry pepper spray with me when I walk my dog now specifically because of this incident and their dog(s).

    #1008986

    wwucats
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    @Gebus I contacted animal control. Thanks for the information.

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