At­tack on dog brings 6 months

Tyler Young ad­mit­ted caus­ing the in­juries and at the same hear­ing pleaded guilty to 2 counts of fail­ing to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender.

The Daily Herald - - LOCAL NEWS - By Diana He­fley Her­ald Writer Diana He­fley: 425-339-3463; he­fley@her­ald­

EVERETT — A Lyn­nwood man who clob­bered a dog with a golf club has been sen­tenced to six months in jail for the at­tack.

Questa, a small Ger­man shep­herd, suf­fered trauma to her left eye, and the beat­ing left her blind, Sno­homish County deputy pros­e­cu­tor Lisa Paul wrote in court pa­pers.

Tyler Young ad­mit­ted in May that he caused Questa’s in­juries. He pleaded guilty to first-de­gree an­i­mal cru­elty, a felony. At the same hear­ing he also pleaded guilty to two counts of fail­ure to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender. Young was 16 when he was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree rape.

Young, 28, re­cently was sen­tenced to about two years in prison for fail­ing to reg­is­ter his ad­dress with the sher­iff’s of­fice, as re­quired for con­victed sex of­fend­ers. A judge agreed that Young could serve his sen­tence for the dog beat­ing con­cur­rently with his prison time for the reg­is­tra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

He faced up to a year in jail for at­tack­ing Questa. Paul called the dog as­sault “aw­ful” but ac­knowl­edged that the de­fen­dant quickly took re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions.

Everett po­lice re­ceived mul­ti­ple 911 calls Feb. 29 from peo­ple near Everett and Har­ri­son av­enues.

The dog’s owner told of­fi­cers that she was get­ting into her car, and Questa fol­lowed her out to the street. Young and his fa­ther were ar­gu­ing on the other side of the in­ter­sec­tion.

The dog ran across the street, stood at the back of the men’s car and barked, court pa­pers said.

Young got out of the car with a club and went to­ward the dog. The dog’s owner yelled for the men to leave Questa alone, but Young chased af­ter the dog and blud­geoned her.

Another wit­ness re­ported see­ing Young swing the club, knock­ing the dog to the ground. She said a sec­ond blow left the dog un­con­scious. She told po­lice she heard the de­fen­dant’s dad yell, “Get that dog. Get that dog,” Paul wrote.

The woman told po­lice the dog wasn’t ag­gres­sive to­ward the men. Questa was cow­er­ing and back­ing up as the men ran at her. Another wit­ness told po­lice the dog was run­ning back home when Young chased her into the street and hit her with a golf club.

The dog didn’t try to bite any­one, po­lice were told.

A ve­teri­nar­ian re­ported that Questa’s wounds were caused by mul­ti­ple blows.

At the time of the in­ci­dent, Young was un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the State De­part­ment of Corrections and had a war­rant for his ar­rest.

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