This is one of the more amazing videos I have seen recently. A young boy was riding a little bicycle when apparently the neighbor’s dog got loose and charged the boy and grabs his leg. Out of nowhere the superhero house cat came to the boys rescue. The cat charged and side-swiped the dog, knocked it off the boy. The cat then chased the dog off the property. It was reported by the mother that the boy received a few stiches and will be fine. Click to see video
The break down to this story in regards to Washington State dog bite laws:
Who is liable in a Washington State when a dog bites a boy?
The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.RCW 16.08.040
So, this dog bite incident occurred in Washington State, the owner of the dog would be liable for a damages suffered by the boy.
Is there a defense to dog bite liability in Washington State if the dog is provoked?
Yes, Proof of provocation of the attack by the injured person shall be a complete defense to an action for damages.RCW 16.08.060.
Are pit-bulls banded or declared dangerous is Washington State? Even though it is not clear if the dog that attacked to boy was a pit-bull or not, it is of interest to know that the following cities have either deemed the pit-bull dangerous or outright banded: Auburn, Brewster, Bridgeport, Buckley, Cathlamet, Connell, Coulee Dam, Enumclaw, Everett, Everson, Grandview, Kennewick, Mattawa, Pasco, Prosser, Quincy, Othello, Raineer, Rosalia, Royal City, Seatac, Selah, Sumas, Toppenish, and Wapato.
This was just a brief overview of what I saw important about this story. If you have any questions or are a victim of a dog bite, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.