Dog attack in White Center injures 66-year old man


The King County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) are investigating an overnight dog attack in unincorporated White Center which left a 66-year old man injured.

Early Wednesday morning, the man was bitten while walking to his home in the area of 18th Ave SW and SW 104th Street (map below). Three dogs were involved in the incident. The victim suffered bites and other injuries, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not life threatening, and his name is not being released at this time.

The victim used a pocket knife to try to fight off the dogs. He was assisted by a witness, and the two men were eventually able to chase the animals away. One of the dogs was severely wounded in the incident, and was humanely euthanized this morning.

Neighbors in the area said the dogs were running loose before the attack, and several reported being confronted by the dogs. However, law enforcement and animal control had not been notified before the attack occurred. In addition, there are no prior complaints made to Regional Animal Services regarding these dogs.

“We depend on the community to report threatening animals,” said Dr. Gene Mueller, RASKC Manager. “If you are being threatened by an animal, or see someone being threatened, you should call 9-1-1 right away.”

The two surviving dogs are in RASKC custody pending the outcome of the investigation. Animal control officers will talk to the dogs’ owners to determine if they were properly licensed and vaccinated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RASKC at 206-296-PETS (7387).


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2 Responses to “Dog attack in White Center injures 66-year old man”
  1. Erin says:

    First off, I would like to say that the unmentioned man is one of the kindest, sweetest people you could ever meet. I live a few houses down from where the attack took place and the terror that you could hear is something I will never forget. More importantly, seeing the aftermath of someone that has been nothing but a welcome fixture and joy to see and speak with in this in this neighborhood.
    I love dogs, all animals for that matter however, the number of loose dogs I have seen running through my neighborhood in the last 9 years is a matter that needs to be addressed. That is an understatement.
    I don’t know what needs to be investigated, one look at this man’s face, neck and body should not warrant any “investigation”.
    Please, if you choose to own potentially dangerous pets, build a fortress to ensure the safety if all. Just think for a moment if that happened, God forbid, to you or your child.
    This man’s face was nearly tore off on one side. Investigate that.
    A footnote, the # provided, doesn’t even service this area.

    • RASKC says:

      It is complicated in this neighborhood, but Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is indeed the animal control agency for White Center and all unincorporated areas of King County.

      For people who live just north of this area within the city limits of Seattle, Seattle Animal Shelter is the agency in charge. For those just south in the city of Burien, CARES is the agency.

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