A dog named Malquin was declared “potentially dangerous” by the Grand Coulee City Council last Tuesday night.
The dog was in the possession of Dorothy Hall, of 213 Roosevelt Drive, at the time of a Sept. 20 incident, who explained that she was keeping the dog for its owner, Sean Bradshaw, who had recently moved out.
Malquin, a reddish colored and rather large PIT BULL, had attacked a yellow Labrador dog owned by Stephanie Hermetz.
When Hermetz reported the incident to police she said that “there was blood everywhere.”And when showing police where the attack had taken place, she found part of her dog’s ear on the ground.
The Labrador had injuries to its ear, top of its head and eye area, and was treated at the Grand Coulee Veterinary Clinic.
Hall told police at the time that she was outside at the time of the incident and thought the dog had attacked a wild turkey, which are often in the area.
The dog attack, and the council’s “potentially dangerous” designation, trigger several requirements from the city’s ordinance.
The dog now must be be muzzled and on a secure leash when outside, and under control of a competent person; must be kept in a secure enclosure bearing a sign that says it is a dangerous dog; and the dog’s owner must carry a $50,000 liability insurance policy.
The dog must be licensed and registered with the city each year for a $250 registration fee.
There are monetary penalties for any violation of the city’s ordinance on “potentially dangerous” dogs.