SEATTLE - After at least two incidents involving faulty wires on light poles, one which caused the death of of a dog on Queen Anne Hill, Seattle City Light is changing the way light poles are inspected and adding more inspections across the city.
On Thanksgiving Day a dog stepped on a cover plate on a Queen Anne sidewalk and was fatally shocked. That plate had come in contact with a frayed wire which was not grounded. A second incident happened this week in West Seattle. That dog did not receive a shock, but acted strangely around the light pole, prompting the dog's owner to call it in. SCL says that pole had the same problem as the one on Queen Anne.
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