KIRO 7 Investigates: Why it’s so hard to track dangerous dogs in Washington

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – A woman was violently attacked by her friend’s dog in Pierce County, now she’s trying to find out if that dog had bitten any one before or has since. 

Diane Dambacher was visiting a friend in University Place in November. She said without warning the dog charged her and latched onto her left arm. 

The dog’s owner was horrified and yelled at the dog, a female pitbull, to let go of Dambacher’s arm. The dog left behind severe gashes.

Her friend rushed her to the hospital. Dambacher filed a complaint with Pierce County Animal Control and tried to find out the dog’s history.  The friend only had the dog for 6 weeks after getting it from a rescue.

KIRO 7 reached out to animal control to see what’s being done to find and keep track of dangerous dogs.

KIRO 7’s Alison Grande found it’s not as easy as you’d think. Tonight at 5 p.m., she exposes the loophole that could allow owners to avoid being tracked after their dog is labeled dangerous. Watch on TV or here

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