'Dog Whisperer' Sued for Pit Bull Attack Feb 4, 2015 21:55:57 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Feb 4, 2015 21:55:57 GMT -5
'Dog Whisperer' Sued for Pit Bull Attack
Cesar Millan, the star of television’s The Dog Whisperer, is being sued by a woman who claims she was attacked by a vicious pit bull that had been prematurely released by Millan's dog training center. The woman, a critical care nurse in Florida, claims she suffered "disfiguring open wounds, deep muscle and tendon lacerations" and bone fractures in the September 23, 2014, attack, just six days after the dog had been released by Millan's Dog Psychology Center. Attorneys for Alison Bitney said in the complaint that she permanently lost feeling and function in her left hand after the attack at the dog owner's home in Santa Clarita. She is seeking punitive damages.
Neither Millan nor the Dog Psychology Center could be reached for comment.
This is not the first time the training facility has been at the center of a lawsuit against Millan. But this time, Millan and his center are being accused of negligence for prematurely releasing a pit bull with a known history of attacking people and other animals. The canine, named Gus, was seized and impounded in Texas in 2013 and was found to be a danger to the public and ordered destroyed, according to the complaint. "Thereafter, Cesar Millan and his Dog Psychology Center, agreed to take over custody and control of the pit bull and not to release it until it was "fully deemed a safe member of society," the complaint said.
"When the dog's owner fell behind on monthly payments to keep it housed at the Dog Psychology Center, the center prematurely released the known vicious and dangerous pit bull back into the public domain and entrusted it to someone with no training or experience in the handling of vicious and dangerous dogs," the complaint continued.
Attorneys also contend the director and head trainer at the Dog Psychology Center acknowledged the pit bull was "not ready to be released to a home environment" and needed an additional 18 months of rehabilitation.
Millan could not be reached for comment and a representative at the Dog Psychology Center could not be reached for comment.
Source: Ruben Vives, The Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2015.