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Pit bulls attack small dog in Everett park; owner flees

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EVERETT — A pair of pit bulls attacked a small dog in a city park and now the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier is fighting to recover.

Everett Animal Control officers are on the hunt for a suspect but they could use your help.

“I could hardly breathe and I thought my dog was dead,” said Gerry Porter.

His dog, Chloe, has undergone two surgeries in nearly two weeks.

Porter said he was walking Chloe at Everett’s Rotary Park when out of nowhere two unrestrained pit bulls began their assault.

“I hear this guy yelling from behind me, ‘Pick up your dog, pick up your dog,’” Porter said. “Before I could even react, the dogs were almost on top of us. It was all I could do to hold her. She was squirming around and these dogs were chomping all over her and jumping on me to get control of her.”

But when Porter tried to get the pit bull’s owner’s information, he says they jumped in a car and took off.

“He knew they were going to do that because he was yelling at me to put my dog above my ahead,” Porter said. “He obviously knew what to do.”

Porter and his wife, Julia, have already spent $3,500 in veterinary bills, but they worry the costs will increase.

Vets are having a tough time getting her infection under control and Chloe’s owners want the pit bull’s owner to do the right thing.

Porter said the suspect was driving a green, 4-door sedan, possibly an older-model Honda Accord.

The Porters are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

21 comments

    • John Fuller

      Based on what I’ve observed, they are low life scumbags… There are a great deal of irresponsible dog owners in Washington that should be banned from having dogs under the penalty of prison time. Belltown is also known as dog poop city and lower Queen Anne is also known as bark-all-day township… I grew up with dogs but when I moved to Seattle, my entire attitude changed towards dogs in general. Washington state would be a far better place without dogs!

    • Reedy

      Not all pit bull owners are low life thugs. Some are just plain morons. I’m talking about the pit bull apologists who will bend over backwards and try to shift the blame for all pit bull attacks to bad owners, or even worse the victims themselves. I have recently even seen a comment blaming an infant victim for provoking an attack. Ban these vicious dog now!

      • Bradley Luvaas

        Question … If they do not have the dogs that attacked how, do they really know what kind of dog it was? I’m sorry but even most vets and animal shelter staff can not correctly ID what a dogs breeding is by looks. To say all pit bull owners are thugs is just a display of your own ignorance. While it is true that some owners are not model citizens a good many more are, some are even leaders of their community. Ifeel very sorry and saddened for the little rat terrier and her owner. I hope she makes a full recovery and the owner of the two attacking dogs steps forward and does the right thing. I do not, however, agree with most of the anti pit bull comments being made. I am offended and find the name calling very childish. The Web site that has been referred to in the comments is not a reliable source of information. It is bias and the statistic provided there are not produced by anyone with a education or background to do so. The information used to produce the numbers seen are not reliable or factual. I encourage anyone who wants to know the truth to do a little research on their own. What will be learned will be closer to facts and the truth than anything on dogbite.org. . This little terrier would not be suffering if the owner of the attacking dogs would have been more responsible. They should have had their dogs under control and on a leash. It is not the dogs (no matter the breed) fault. It is the fault of the person who owns them. They knew that their dogs posed a danger to this little dog, proven by what they said. Shame and blame on them.n

        • Anna

          Typical pit supporter: “Do we know it was really a pit bull? Let’s get a DNA test! Why, even many vets can’t properly identify a pitbull!” I bet you never say that when a pitbull is in the news for doing something GOOD, now do you?

    • Anna

      Not only that, but pit owners will defend even the irresponsible pit owners. They all stick together, I’ve seen it. All to protect a nasty, ugly vicious dog, the entire breed of which should have been euthanized ages ago.

  • Kathy

    I hardly think that “all” pitbull owners are low life thugs! This is a horrible situation where the owner’s of the pitbulls were the bad people. The pitbull is just as much a victim as Chloe. I am a pitbull owner and I have taken the time to properly train and educate myself, a long with my family. Any dog can attack. I hope that Chloe and her owner’s get some justice but to “label” pitbull owner’s is just plain sterotyping. Wishing Chloe a quick recovery.

  • Erik

    Wow KIT i think that is a pretty dumb comment. Seeing how a lot of Pits are adopted I would suggest that a lot of pit owners are very compassionate people who can look past DUMB stereotypes. Not sticking up for these owners specifically, but Bad Dogs are usually lead by Bad owners.

  • TakeResponsibility

    Pitbulls always end up in the wrong hands..I won’t say why here but I can guess. So sorry for victim dog and owners, my large black lab got nailed by 3 pit bulls off leash…the owners also there were apologetic but all I could do was get away once they got their dogs off of my dog. The pack mentality was in full force, this was at Everett Marina. The video didn’t say where the dogs are, did they get them in the car and take off or did animal control get them? i am sure those dogs don’t have a great life either with the careless pathetic owner

    • muddsharrk

      This was at Rotary Park down on Lowell-Snohomish River Road. The Pitbull’s owner got his dogs in his car and got away. Car is a dark green Honda Accord or similar.

    • craven desires

      pit bull owners are irresponsible to begin with, that’s why they own dogs bred for combat for almost 200 years. pit bulls end up in the wrong hands because the right hands have too much common sense.

  • nancy

    Wow Kathy your the typical pit nutter! The attacking pitbull the victim ? Gimme a break they do what they’re bred to do! Name one week where these monsters haven’t attacked ? Every week it’s mauled or killed someone Rachel ray pit is on its fifth dog its nearly killed I suppose she’s another bad owner? Wake up its the breed regardless of owner! Not any dog can do the damage that pits do that’s y they were bred to be fighting dogs in the first place! !

  • Kit

    I live near Green Lake where dog owners are walking 24/7. Most of the pit owners can be visually profiled as low life thugs. You know, the pants sagging down below their butt and walking with with that stupid rapper swagger. Or the skinny white trash muscle shirt and bad tattoos. You look ridiculous people! However, there is one responsible pit owner in my neighborhood that does keep the dog under control.
    I feel sorry for the little girl mauled in south Seattle a couple of days ago. She will carry the scars for the rest of her life due to an irresponsible pit owner.

  • Jules

    I can’t believe some of the comments on here! Pitbulls were not ‘bred to attack’. You can’t paint an entire breed with the same brush, the same way you can’t stereotype that all golden retrievers are family dogs. The temperament of an dog is much more complicated than just breed, or proper training… it is a combination of these mixed with life experiences and early socialization, etc. of the dog. I have met many pitbulls over the years who were super gentle, and have seen a few being attacked themselves by other breeds, but they haven’t fought back. I’ve seen plenty of high-strung dogs that get themselves into conflict with other dogs, and it varies among the breeds. Bottom line is, people need to be responsible with their dogs… keep them on leash, muzzle them if they are reactive or aggressive, etc. And for God’s sake, take care of them – proper exercise, mental stimulation and positive reinforcement, not punitive training..

    • Gabriel Barros

      The American Pit Bull Terrier (HISTORY OF FIGHTING DOGS Series) Paperback

      by Joseph L. Colby

      ISBN-13: 978-1846642562

      Originally published in 1936, this book is extremely rare in its early editions. Hugely informative and in-depth, it is a complete treatise on the breed covering the entire field, with particular emphasis on dog-fighting.

    • nancy

      Yes I can stereotype them every week animal , humans r mauled or killed every goddamn week by pitbulls for past ten years at least, name a week with no death or mauling n yes there r some gentle pitbulls then out of blue boom nine years of docile n with no warning boom they’re unpredictable n you put rotties, shepards, n dobermans in their whole history don’t make up a quater of the attacks pitbulls have done!! N they were bred to fight n theyre structure show it they don’t have lock mechanisms but when they bite down they don’t let go unless shot at unlike other breeds n yes other dogs don’t get along n fight but don’t have leave the devastations that pits do!!

  • nancy

    Yes I can stereotype them every week animal , humans r mauled or killed every goddamn week by pitbulls for past ten years at least, name a week with no death or mauling n yes there r some gentle pitbulls then out of blue boom nine years of docile n with no warning boom they’re unpredictable n you put rotties, shepards, n dobermans in their whole history don’t make up a quater of the attacks pitbulls have done!! N they were bred to fight n theyre structure show it they don’t have lock mechanisms but when they bite down they don’t let go unless shot at unlike other breeds n yes other dogs don’t get along n fight but don’t have leave the devastations that pits do!!

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