Auburn home linked to dog attack condemned, debris cleared

Neighbors say they’ve been asking the county to look after the property for more than a year.

AUBURN, Wash. — Crews in King County cleared trash and closed down a home Thursday that neighbors say has been a problem for more than a year.

The house is the site of a dog attack that sent a young woman to hospital in critical condition in February.

Crews arrived home Thursday morning with an excavator and dumpster after the county said it had received a curtailment order. Signs outside the building indicate that no one can occupy the house.

Prior to the cleanup, the exterior of the house was surrounded by large piles of debris. Items ranged from suitcases to lawnmowers to food and discarded clothing. The property had an RV parked in the driveway and a canoe on the roof.

The county transported three trucks of debris on Thursday and will return home for work on Friday.

Neighbors say they’ve been asking the county to address the Auburn property on the 28800 block of 45th Place South for more than a year.

“We worked with whatever the law allowed us to do,” neighbor Mark Peters said.

In February, two dogs in the household were involved in a horrific attack that sent a woman to hospital. A King County sheriff’s deputy shot one of the dogs; the other was removed from the house.

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“I wish we could have done more for her because it should never have happened,” said Michelle Provan, a neighbor who witnessed the attack and rushed to help. “All I can hope for is that she sleeps well and recovers well.”

There had been a number of other calls home for different dogs, records show.

Neighbors said it was unfortunate the attack happened before the county took action and wondered if that would be the end of the problems.

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The county said the landlord was not cooperating with their efforts to fix the issues at the home, which is why the county got the court order.

“How is it going to get clean? And how long is it going to last? That’s kind of what I’m waiting to see,” Provan said.

At least for now, the neighborhood is grateful for the change.

“It makes us feel like maybe there’s hope. Maybe we’ll get it cleaned up, so we feel safer in our own homes. Having a cleaner, safer neighborhood , all those basic things that we all frankly want,” Peters said. .

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