Three People, One Dog, Attacked By Pit Bull

Yakima City Council members will have a big issue on their hands in the coming days.

Barely two weeks after passing an ordinance to allow pit bulls as service animals, three people were attacked yesterday, suffering bites on their hands and arms.

The victims didn't want to appear on camera--Brenda Woodkey owns property near the area the attack took place.

"It's kind of surprising if there's a ban against pitbulls, that pit bulls would be allowed to be their unpredictable selves in the line of service," said Woodkey.

Code administrators say officers were called out to a neighborhood on Garfield Avenue yesterday after a pit bull had gotten loose from the inside of a home.

The dog, a registered service pet, found its way onto a property on Lincoln Avenue and began attacking another dog.

The two dogs ended up just a block up the road, people were only able to subdue the pit bull after repeatedly attacking it with a rake, wooden objects, and other objects.

City administrators have been preparing for potential incidents since the ban was lifted.

"The implication here is that it's a service dog," said Joe Caruso with code administration, "They're supposed to be docile, they're supposed to be helping people with certain types of disabilities."

However, some residents are not sure if all dogs can be trained in such a manner, and say things might be better off the way they were before.

"The rule is the rule here," said Woodkey, "We've had numerous occasions when pit bulls have injured people."

The names of the victims have not been released -- code administrators say the dog owner is facing at least $1,000 in fines.

Pit bulls registered as service animals must be kept in six-sided cages, muzzled in public, and micro-chipped.

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