LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) — On warm, sunny days the Anderson family will often leave their sliding glass door open so their cat can come and go. But on May 6, two pit bulls came into the house and killed the cat.
Sandra Anderson said Flex, an orange-and-white tabby, was 11 years old. “He was sleeping in the window sill of his home,” she told KOIN 6 News.
The pit bulls got loose from their owner’s home a few blocks from the Andersons’ home, came in through the family’s partially fenced back yard and
into the house where her adult son was sitting.
He tried to shoo the jumping dogs when they saw Flex and attacked.
“I came running down the stairs and when I turned to go into the kitchen, there were two pit bulls that had our cat in his jaw,” she said. “If my grandson would have been here that would have been a whole different story, and we try not go to there because that’s not what happened.”
The Humane Society told the pit bulls’ owners the dogs were declared dangerous. KOIN 6 News was unable to contact them directly for comment, but they plan to fight.
The designation means they’ll pay a $250 Humane Society Registration, a $20 dangerous dog collar and post danger signs in their yard. They’ll also be required to have a $250,000 liability insurance policy.
They have 72 hours to appeal.
Though neighbors said the pit bulls are friendly and good around children, animal services stands by its decision.
“The Longview Municipal Code states that any dog that kills a human being or domesticated animal or causes severe injury to a person or animal” is a dangerous dog, said Animal Control Supervisor Mike Nicholson.
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