A young Victor boy who went to the Rochester animal shelter to adopt a dog was instead mauled by a would-be pet, the boy's mother claims in a lawsuit against the city.
The dog attack, which left the child scarred and disfigured, allegedly occurred moments after a shelter worker assured the boy's mother that the 'BOXER MIX' was safe around children.
The lawsuit, filed in mid-March in state Supreme Court here, is seeking unspecified damages from the city.
City spokeswoman Jessica Alaimo declined to comment on Monday. The family's lawyer, Thomas J. Potter of Syracuse, did not return two calls for comment.
Legal papers filed by Potter assert that Marianne Manning and her son, Michael, whose address was in the village of Victor, visited the city animal-services shelter at 184 Verona Street in July 2015 to look for a pet dog.
They asked a shelter worker to see three dogs. Before the final animal was brought into the visiting room, Manning asked the worker if it was "suitable to children," according to the legal papers.
The answer, allegedly, was yes. But after the dog had been in the room for a moment, the worker let it off its leash and it "proceeded to attack … (the youth), biting him in the stomach and abdominal area resulting in severe and permanent scarring and disfigurement.”
The legal papers claim the dog had "prior vicious propensities," though the papers don't explain the basis for that allegation. Potter asserted the "dangerous animal" should have been euthanized, not offered for adoption.
The young man's age is not listed in court papers, but describes him as being under age 18.
The Democrat and Chronicle did not report on a mauling at animal services last July. But emergency dispatch data archived by a local 911 Feed Collator website does show police being sent to 184 Verona that day at 1:12 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. for reports of "human life endangered by animal."
The Humane Society of the United States has online advice about preparing for the process of adopting a pet.