Friday, August 5, 2011

Report: Gig Harbor woman injured by pit bulls sues owners, Pierce County

From KING

A woman who was attacked by two pit bulls in her bedroom is now suing the owners and Pierce County, The News Tribune reports.

Sue Gorman was awakened Aug. 21, 2007 when the pit bulls attacked her service dog and a neighbor’s dog. The dogs allegedly entered the home through a sliding glass door that was partially left open.

The service dog, Misty, was killed and Gorman was seriously injured trying to protect her animals.

The News Tribune reports Gorman is taking the pit bull owners and the county to court, saying they didn’t do enough to protect her.

The amount of the lawsuit has not been disclosed, although it’s reported that Gorman previously filed a $3 million claim against the county.

The mother and son who owned the pit bulls pleaded guilty to misdemeanors of attempting to own a dog that attacks, The News Tribune reports. They were sentenced to 30 days in jail and were ordered not to own dogs for four years.

Both dogs were put down.

Update August 13, 2011 - The following article is from The Seattle Times:

Pierce Co. jury awards $2.2M in dog mauling

A Pierce County jury has awarded $2.2 million to a Gig Harbor woman mauled by two pit bulls that entered her home through an open sliding-glass door

A Pierce County jury has awarded $2.2 million to a Gig Harbor woman mauled by two pit bulls that entered her home through an open sliding-glass door.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reports (http://bit.ly/qrJAv6) that jurors assigned nearly half of the blame to Pierce County, which will have to pay about $924,000. The dogs' owners must pay the rest.
Sue Gorman suffered bites to her arms, face, neck, chest and nose during the 2007 attack and was briefly hospitalized. The pit bulls also attacked Gorman's service dog and killed a neighbor's terrier.
Gorman's attorneys argued that the county was partially liable because neighbors, including Gorman, had filed numerous complaints about the pit bulls running loose and terrorizing people, and the dogs should have been confiscated.
The pit bulls were put down after the attack.

Related articles:

  • County to pay in Wash. pit bull lawsuit - UPI

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