By Aimee Green, The Oregonian
A Portland police officer who lost part of his thigh after a pit bull bit him is suing the dog's keepers for $883,500.
Stephen W. Gandy filed suit this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages caused by the April 12 bite, which became seriously infected. Surgeons removed part of his thigh the following week.
Gandy was investigating a suspected drug house in the 220 block of Southeast 148th Avenue and chased a suspect on to the porch. Gandy grabbed the man's jacket, but The man opened a door to the home and slipped away. "Caesar," the pit bull, ran out and bit Gandy without provocation, the suit states.
Gandy's Portland attorney, Lori Deveny, said the state's worker compensation fund has paid Gandy some money, but it doesn't cover all of his losses. Deveny said the fund pays for medical bills, lost wages and permanent disability that prevents someone from working, but it doesn't pay for pain and suffering.
The suit names Delores, Jonathan and Laurette Pierce who lived in the house and had control of the dog. and claims that the dog was a public nuisance and a dangerous dog. It had previously attacked another police officer, who shot it, said Gandy's Portland attorney, Lori Deveny.
Deveny said the homeowner "refused to provide his insurance information, saying it was just a scratch."
According to police, Gandy finished his shift that day before driving himself to Adventist Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Days later, he went to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center because the wound became infected. He was admitted there, then taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.
Today, Gandy's health has greatly approved and he's back to patrol. The dog was destroyed because it was determined to be dangerous, Deveny said.