Over the summer of 2019, a Bellevue cat named Miska was said to have killed dozens of neighborhood pets. Miska’s owner, Anna Danieli, then filed a lawsuit alleging Animal Control had unfairly targeted her pet, and now, that legal battle will soon begin to play out in court.
Notorious Bellevue cat said to have killed ‘dozens’ of pets since 2012
That will come in the form of a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 23, where Danieli’s lawyers will ask the court to void the cat’s alleged violations dating back to 2016. Danieli is arguing that because King County “instituted major changes to county code” in 2016 while Bellevue “failed to update their own municipal codes,” the King County Hearing Examiner does not have “and never had” the ability to pass judgment on Bellevue animal cases filed against pet owners.
“We believe the motion clearly sets out how the King County Hearing Examiner lacked the appropriate legal authority to hear animal enforcement cases from Bellevue because of Bellevue’s failure to update its own laws,” said Jon Zimmerman, one of two lawyers representing Miska and her owner. “Given King County’s continued prosecution of Miska, we hope the Court will grant the family some modest relief.”
Many of Miska’s violations predate 2016, although several complaints against the cat have been filed in the time since.
In September of 2014, a “confinement order” was issued against Miska for her alleged crimes. That essentially amounted to house arrest, requiring that her owner keep her in a