Thursday, January 14, 2010
Dogbite Lawsuit Settled
The city of Cookeville is paying $20,000 to settle a lawsuit over one of its police dogs. The plaintiff in the suit, Ryan Patrick Moody, was working at a local nightclub two years when he was the subject of an unprovoked attack by the dog, which had gotten away from its handler. He suffered severe bite wounds and had to undergo surgery. When he first filed the suit, he was seeking two million dollars. But court records indicate that lawyers on both sides were able to come to an agreed settlement of $20,000, although the city says that, by settling, they are in no way admitting liability in the case. The police dog involved has since been taken out of service.