According to Dan Donohoe of the King County, Washington Prosecutor’s Office, a 16-year-old girl from Seattle has been charged with two counts of third degree assault when two women suffered personal injuries because she allegedly used a pit bull to attack them on June 21.
When the incident took place, the girl and three boys, ages 11, 12, and 13, were arrested by sheriff’s deputies.
One woman says she spotted the children kicking the dog, named Snaps, and stopped her car because she thought they needed help. According to the sheriff’s officer, the 16-year-old girl then punched the woman while a boy brought the dog over.
According to Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the children encouraged the dog to join the fight, which it did, biting the 63-year-old on the hand and thigh.
As the children ran away, another woman pursued them. Urquhart said the 16-year-old girl and the dog then attacked her. The 41-year-old sustained a number of severe bite wounds to the arms, head, and face. He said the flesh on her forearm was ripped all the way down to the bone.
According to the owner of the dog, Edward Kennebrew, his sister was walking the dog, which attacked the two women to defend the girl.
The girl has also been charged with one count of minor in possession of liquor. If she is convicted of the charges she faces, she could be sentenced to between 0 and 90 days in detention, between 0 and 450 hours of community service, and up to three years of probation.
The dog has been turned over to the custody of the King County Animal Care and Control.