Family of Slain Dog Bite Victim Sues Animal Control Officers

Dorothy Sullivan, 86, was killed in March 2005 by pit bulls. Her family recently filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Spotsylvania, the animal control department, and five of it officers. The suit asks for $5 million in damages and losses. (For details about this killing, see Criminal Penalties For A Dog Bite on the companion website, Dog Bite Law.)

The county and animal control department have succeeded in getting the suit against them dismissed, but that leaves the five officers still part of the litigation. (Click here to read the article about the suit.)

The family alleges that the officers knew the dogs were threats and could hurt someone, but failed to do their job correctly. They also say that no one ever investigated or cited the dog