Kitsap Animal Control Investigates Dangerous Dog Case
June 23, 2016
Kitsap Animal Control Officer Ashley Keil was seriously injured in an attack by a dog in Port Orchard on Monday, June 20. Officer Keil had responded to a 911 call from a woman in Port Orchard who was allegedly attacked and bitten by a large, stray dog. The woman was able to corral the dog into her garage, which is where Keil found the dog. While attempting to impound the dog into her animal control van, the dog, a large grey and white husky, lunged at Keil’s neck and face. Keil was able to block the attack with her arms, but was repeatedly bitten on the arms and legs, before successfully getting the animal into her van.
The dog was immediately transferred to the Kitsap Humane Society’s shelter, where it was placed on a required 10-day Bite Observation period, while an investigation continues. According to Eric Stevens, Kitsap Humane Society Executive Director, “Keil acted quickly and courageously in the face of a vicious attack. She had to receive prompt medical attention, and has been placed on paid medical leave while she heals from her injuries.”
Stevens stated: “Due to our concerns about public safety, we are seeking to prosecute this case to the fullest extent the law allows. While we care about the welfare and rights of animals and their owners, we also have an obligation to act in the public’s interest when an animal poses a serious threat to public safety.”
Kitsap Animal Control expects to make a determination in the coming days regarding disposition of this case.