• SoDo woman attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

    By: Essex Porter

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    SEATTLE - Leslie Shelton went to take a walk with her Great Dane Lily this morning. but they didn't get far before they were attacked by three dogs, which came from one of the RVs parked on South Snoqualmie Street near Sixth Avenue.

    Shelton says the woman who lives inside opened the door, and three dogs bounded out.

    “She opened the door of the motor home, opened the door, her three dogs were right there and just came running, teeth bared," she said.

    They were going for Lily, a dog her owners say is gentle, so Shelton moved to protect her.

    “That's when the dogs started biting me, pulled me down to the ground, and then Lily was able to get away.”

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    A traumatized Lily is now recovering from bite wounds.

    “I am scared to death, I am scared to death to take her out again. Not only for her life but for mine,” Shelton said tearfully.

    Earlier, she was also afraid for her husband, who ran outside when he heard the screams and pointed, but did not fire, his gun at the dogs.

    Neighbors say the area near Sixth Avenue South and South Snoqualmie Street has been a favorite spot for RV parking. They counted 21 RVs Friday.

    They told us they showed the problems to City Council member Lorena Gonzalez earlier this week.

    In a statement, she told us, "I have reached out to our Human Services Department and the Seattle Police Department to identify potential resources available to address the public safety needs of this area."

    "My heart goes out to Ms. Shelton and her family as she recovers from these injuries," Gonzalez said.

    “The Seattle City Council needs to get off their butt and start protecting the citizens that make a difference in this community,” said Shelton.

    The three dogs that attacked her are in the custody of animal control.

    According to the Sheltons, police say they will not recommend charges against Shelton's husband for pulling his gun.
     

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