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Pit bull that attacked girl will be euthanized

A tan pit bull named “Girl” that attacked an 8-year-old girl and the men that rushed to save her last week has been declared dangerous and will be euthanized next week.

An investigation by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service determined that the dog should be deemed dangerous, said SCRAPS director Nancy Hill. Dog owners have the option of meeting stringent restraint and insurance requirement to keep a dangerous dog, but the dog’s owner, identified as Kathy Southern, chose to sign the dog over to SCRAPS, Hill said.

The dog will be euthanized after the mandatory 10 day rabies observation period is over. “It’s certainly not a candidate for adoption,” Hill said.

The second dog, a black lab/pit pull mix named “Demon”, had an extremely minor role in the attacks and has been deemed potentially dangerous. The dog only barked during most of the event and nipped a man who was beating Girl with a shovel to stop the attack, Hill said. Southern will reclaim Demon after the 10 day waiting period, Hill said.

Southern has been criminally charged with having a dog with vicious propensities, a misdemeanor. She was also given two citations for dog running at large, two citations for dog with aggressive/threatening behavior and two citations for no pet license. Her fines for the infractions total $748.

All those bitten in the attack are recovering from their injuries.