Palm Beach County Requires Leashes, Yet Suit Claims Dog Was Off—Leash And Attacked…
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Palm Beach County woman is suing a neighbor after she was allegedly attacked by the neighbor’s dog while jogging.
Claudia Levy was jogging in her community when the Alaskan Husky/German Shepard mixed-breed dog owned by neighbor Howard Slifkin attacked her, according to the suit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Levy allegedly suffered serious injuries and is now seeking in excess of $30,000 from Slifkin.
The attack occurred on or about October 16th, 2021, on Ironwood Way North in Palm Beach Gardens. The suit states, ”Levy was jogging in her neighborhood when the aforementioned dog, owned by Defendant Slifkin, attacked Levy without provocation or aggravation, and caused her serious bodily injury. Slifkin had a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent his dog from injuring individuals. Slifkin was negligent breaching (that) duty by failing to properly and adequately restrain his dog when he knew or should have know of its vicious propensities; by failing to warn Levy of the dangerous propensities of said dog; and by failing to properly and adequately train said dog to prevent it from attacking people.”
Levy, according to the suit, suffered bodily injury, disability, disfigurement, hospitalization expense, and will suffer losses into the future. It was not immediately clear if Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control opened an investigation into the alleged attack. The agency can confiscate and ”put down” vicious animals.
Levy is represented by Attorney Michal Motto of Hick and Motto in Palm Beach Gardens.
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