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Ventura County Woman’s Ear Ripped Off in Dog Attack

Posted on Dec 07, 2010

A dog show photographer recently filed lawsuit alleging that one of the dogs in a show she was photographing ripped off her ear.
The California dog attack occurred on January 24, 2010 at a dog show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds hosted by the Ventura County Dog Fanciers Association.   Irene Rodwell of Escondido, California was photographing the show when a male greater Swiss mountain dog attacked her without warning or provocation.  
During the dog attack, about 3.6 centimeters were ripped off Rodwell’s right ear.  The ear had to be amputated. Ms. Rodwell also required reconstructive surgery for her injury. 
Ms. Rodwell filed a lawsuit against the dog’s owner on November 29, 2010.  She is claiming damages of more than $25,000 for her medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses.
In California, dog owners have a legal responsibility to restrain their dogs and keep them from biting, attacking, or injuring another person; if someone is bitten or attacked by a dog, dog owners are liable for damages.

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