Couple files lawsuit over dog attack two years ago

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 12, 2011, 6:44am

GALVESTON – A Galveston County couple has filed suit over an alleged dog attack two years ago, recent court documents say.

Cindy and William Sadleir claim a dog belonging to Raymond Landry assaulted Cindy Sadleir on May 11, 2009.

The suit was filed April 21 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1.

Cindy Sadleir was walking in her neighborhood at the time of the alleged incident. She describes the attack as sudden and unexpected.

According to the plaintiffs, Landry bears strict liability for the assault.

"The defendant is strictly liable for the vicious attack in question because the dog had vicious propensities and such propensities were the producing cause and proximately cause of the damages and injuries complained of herein," the original petition says.

The Sadleirs insist "the defendant, the owner of the dog and in control of the premises where the dog was maintained, knew or should have known of the dog's vicious propensities." They blame Landry for failing to control the canine, permitting it to roam freely, failing to properly maintain the fence and failing to warn others of the supposed danger it harbors.

Cindy Sadleir says she experienced physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement and losses of earning capacity and household services while William Sadleir shows she suffered a loss of consortium.

Consequently, they seek unspecified monetary damages.

The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd is representing the complainants, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 65,118

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