San Diego officials were expected to approve a $600,000 settlement for a woman who was bitten by a police dog after it escaped from a trainer’s yard and found its way into her yard, according to media reports.
The woman wasseveral times by a San Diego Police K9 after a dog jumped a backyard fence” in January 2021, KFMB reported. First, the dog tried to attack the woman’s 5-year-old daughter.
McClatchy News reached out to San Diego officials on Sept. 21 to confirm whether the victim has received the payment and is awaiting a response.
In the lawsuit, filed in March and obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune, the woman called the bite “vicious” and “unprovoked attack.” The lawsuit also said that animals like K9s should be kept in safe places, not in residential areas.
The lawsuit said the dog, which tried to attack the woman’s daughter but was unable to because she was protected by the netting of the trampoline, bit the woman’s leg, causing severe injuries.
City authorities described the bite as “unintentional” and said the dog escaped from the trainer’s backyard because of a broken latch while he was cleaning the kennel, USA Today reported.
The city of San Diego was scheduled to approve the $600,000 payment on Sept. 20 after a preliminary approval last month, according to USA Today . The payout is expected to cover medical bills and treatment the victim and daughter may need.