Woman died after dog attack; no charges planned

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor says he won’t file any criminal charges against the owner of two dogs that attacked a woman in October because the investigation didn’t produce sufficient evidence to support them.

The News Tribune reported that Nga Woodhead, 65, was attacked by two pit bulls as she walked along a Spanaway street. A passer-by shot one dog. Responding sheriff’s deputies shot the other.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple cuts and fractures. A week after the attack, she suffered a heart attack and died.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Friday that the investigation did not produce any evidence that the owner had prior knowledge that the dogs were a danger to others. He added that owning a specific breed of dog is not considered to be proof of prior knowledge.

More in Local News

These little piggies stay home

Norman, who was spotted last week in Everett, is part of a trio kept as pets by the “pig whisperer.”

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

Street-legal ATVs approved for some roads near Sultan

Supporters foresee tourism benefits. Opponents are concerned about injury and pollution risks.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang is known for his people skills

The city’s top cop’s calm demeanor and holistic approach earns him the nickname “Yoda.”

Most Read