Woman sues, claims police dog attack was unprovoked
“Alicia Quinonez is suing Cypress police, saying they are responsible for the alleged unprovoked attack.”
SANTA ANA A woman is suing the Cypress Police Department, claiming one of the department’s dogs viciously attacked her in an unprovoked assault. Alicia Quinonez alleges that a “massive” German shepherd pounced on her while she was sleeping “in her place of abode” on Aug. 16, 2008, according to the Orange County Superior Court lawsuit filed Tuesday. “The dog began to viciously attack her by repeatedly biting into her right thigh and leg,” the lawsuit says. The claim does not detail Quinonez’s exact location whether she was inside or outside her residence. It also does not list her purported injuries, but she asks for hospital and medical expenses. Quinonez is suing the department on the grounds of negligence and liability. Police “knew or had reason to know of the vicious and dangerous traits and propensities of the dog in question,” the lawsuit says. A police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. The lawsuit has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino.
Source: The Orange County Register
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