Thursday, February 23, 2012
FLORIDA - DOG ATTACKS WOMAN AT A DOG SHOW IN MELBOURNE FL - JURY AWARDED HER 1.26 MILLION !!!
Thurs - Feb 23, 2012 - Marie Tatman, now 75, was walking through Melbourne's Wickham Park during a dog show on March 25, 2007. Her daughter was showing a Boston Terrier. She walked by a 100 pound AKITA named "Eli" and the dog went for her grabbing her ankle and would not let go....crushing her ankle...almost severing her foot. It was left dangling !!!
It took nearly five years. A jury deliberated the verdict Tuesday after 7 days of trial. The money will help cover past medical bills from five surgeries after the attack. as well as additional bills. Because of the gruesome injury, her left leg is now three inches shorter than her right. The money also will help compensate the couple for expenses incurred because of Marie Tatman's physical limitations.
But for Tatman, the judgment meant more than financial compensation.
IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR HER TO HEAR THE JURY SAY IT'S NOT HER FAULT....TO SAY IT'S THE FAULT OF THE OWNER.
The dog's owner, Sally Jaffe, lives in Mims Florida. Jaffe had tried to blame Tatman for the attack saying she'd tripped over the dog. But......the dog had a history of violence.
It was born to a Minnesota breeder then sold to an Illinois woman. According to a Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement investigation, the dog twice bit a man in Illinois, bit another person at a Wisconsin dog show as it was being sent back to the breeder, and then bit the breeder's neighbor.
An independent evaluation showed the dog was dangerous and shouldn't be placed back in a home. But the breeder claimed neighbor's did not object to sending the dog to Florida if it was kept on a large rural property. Eli ended up with Jaffe in Mims.
The Akita was euthanized and court records show Jaffe was found guilty of a citation punishable by a $500 fine. Jaffe and her attorneys have 30 days to appeal the ruling.