Dog Owner Facing 4 Years and $20,000 Fine After Dog Pack Mauling

A pack of dogs belonging to Ruben Deanda mauled Lew Yallup last week as he picked up cans on Campbell road in Wapato, Washington. The victim nearly lost a leg, and the dog owner has been charged with four counts of owning a dog that caused serious injury. 

Deanda faces up to 4 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. Additionally, he is liable for all of Yallup’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of earning potential as a result of disability. (Click here to read the article.)

This accident reflected one of the predictors given on the Dog Bite Danger Scale, namely the pack mentality. 3 dogs are worse than 2, 4 are worse than 3, etc. It is well established that docile dogs often become uncharacteristically violent and vicious when they are in a pack. (Click here to read about the scale on Dog Bite Law.)