County To Pay In Wash. Pit Bull Lawsuit

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GIG HARBOR, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A Washington jury found Pierce County partly responsible for injuries suffered by a woman attacked by a dog that had been the subject of earlier complaints.

The jury last week awarded $2.2 million to the family of the woman who was mauled four years ago by a neighbor’s dog who entered her house through an open patio door.

The New Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., said the jury determined the owners of the pit bull were 52-percent responsible for the incident. Pierce County received 42 percent of the blame because animal control officials took no action even after getting more than a dozen complaints from people in the neighborhood.

The injured woman, Sue Gorman, was assigned 1 percent of the blame. She suffered bites to the face and arms while trying to pull the pit bull off her two Jack Russell terriers.

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