Ask the Edmonds Cop: The responsibilities of dog owners

Both people and dogs are more anxious during this time of COVID-19. Edmonds police Sgt. Damian Smith talks about the important role that dog owners play in managing their pets’ behavior.


  1. Great “Ask” column today, Teresa. Thanks. Let’s count our blessings a little today for having a great Police Dept. with a great Chief and a great little town newspaper that lets everyone have a voice, including our police. These things are important I think.

  2. The reason they are seeing an “uptick” in bad dog behavior is because the Edmonds police department and acting Chief of Police Jim Lawless do not punish the owners of dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.  There is a large dog that has resided in the Talbot park area for the last two years. It has now attacked at least four individuals including one eleven year old child, and one senior citizen. On June 14th, more than 5 weeks following the previous 3 attacks, I myself was attacked while gardening in my own yard. I am a 44 year female, and I was taken by ambulance to Swedish ER, with multiple bite wounds that required multiple sutures.  When asked what has been done to ensure the safety of our community the police department merely states that the owner promises that the dog “will not come back.”  Meanwhile the department has no idea where the dog is currently located, the dog is still at large and unregistered as a dangerous animal, and the owners have not been charged despite the fact that they are still harboring and hiding a vicious animal.  If the Edmonds PD and acting Chief of Police Jim Lawless truly care about their image and about keeping the respect of their community they should put more effort into protecting the community against an animal that runs at large, unleashed, and unmuzzled, and attacks innocent citizens on their own Edmonds properties. Based upon the content of this video however, it seems like the Edmonds PD is far more concerned with animal owners that don’t clean up after their dogs than they are of actually protecting the community from the vicious dog attacks that are happening in our own backyards.

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