'Dangerous' Lewis County dogs make a jail break

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 11 at 6:20 PM

A pit bull and a rottweiler locked up at the Lewis County Animal Shelter have disappeared, apparently the targets of a jail break.

The two dogs have been under lock-up since they were deemed dangerous on April 19.

“They had attacked a herd of Llamas,” said Amy Hanson, Lewis Co. Animal Shelter Manager

The dogs were to be destroyed, but some questioned the convictions, saying they were based on circumstantial evidence - that no one actually say the dogs kill a llama.

“I know the owners had appealed the dangerous dog classification and there were hearings to address that issue but the owners were no shows at both hearings,” said Hanson.

The date of execution was set for next Monday, but last Thursday night, somebody cut through the fence, pried open the pens, and freed the dogs.

“We just don't want anybody else's animals to be killed or injured. We certainly don't want the public to be at risk for an attack or being bitten,” said Hanson.

Police say their suspicions led them to a house about 15 minutes away in Centralia.

Why?  Well, it's where the dogs' owners live. They were facing thousands of dollars in fines and fees.

Also, none of the other dogs were missing.

“There are the only two gone. So, we're assuming it was probably them,” said Hanson.

A police search of the property turned up no dogs.

Police think the dogs may have been taken north on I-5 to somewhere in Pierce County.

A reward is being offered for information that brings the dogs - and whoever took them - to justice. Contact Lewis County Crimestoppers or the sheriff's department.

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