Suit filed over pit bull attack on neighbor, dachshund

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 29, 2011, 7:00am

GALVESTON - Janice and William Taylor are suing Dennis and Mary Horn over a dog attack which occurred approximately six months ago.

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 24 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, the Taylors claim the Horns' 80-pound pit bull mix named "Tank" attacked Janice Taylor and nearly killed the plaintiffs' miniature dachshund "Max" on March 30.

The canine was generally kept penned in the Horns' yard because it was dangerous, the original petition says.

The complainants state they saw the dog only three times though it reportedly created a nuisance by howling and yelping.

William Taylor recalls an instance in which the pet in question broke away from the pen and attacked him by the gate at the entrance to his home.

He was, however, able to escape into his courtyard with the dog biting at him, the suit says.

The plaintiffs insist the alleged incident inflicted bodily injuries to the nervous system and person, stating they will result in permanent scarring and disability.

Their dachshund's apparent injuries have resulted in substantial veterinary bills alongside their own medical expenses, the suit says.

The Taylors assert the Horns knew their dog presented "the dangerous propensity to viciously bite people" even before its alleged assault on the plaintiffs.

They consequently seek unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Douglas A. McAninch of Friendswood is representing the complainants, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 65,884

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