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Law may collar pit bulls

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

City officials are gathering informationto guide a discussion on whether to adopt a new city code regulating pit bull terriers after a Federal Way couple’s dogs were killed in their fenced back yard by a neighbor’s pit bulls.

On Jan. 17, Toney Mikesell came home to find the bodies of his and his girlfriend’s two pugs, Lola and Cola, by the fence. Their pets had been killed by a neighbor’s three pit bulls, which were later euthanized by King County Animal Control at the request of the pit bulls’ owner.

Mikesell testified to the City Council Tuesday they’d never had a problem with the pit bulls until that day, but he said the dogs are by nature aggressive and should be subject to breed-specific animal control laws. He asked the council to regulate pit bulls in the city.

Federal Way doesn’t have any regulations related specifically to pit bulls, but neighboring cities do. Interim city manager Derek Matheson said Federal Way officials are looking at how those cities regulate the dogs.

Leslie, a licensed technician at Crestwood Animal Hospital who asked that her last name not be published, said she hopes the city doesn’t pass a breed-specific law.

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