Father, daughter file suit following 'extremely traumatizing' dog attack

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 1, 2013, 1:15pm

GALVESTON - An area man pursues legal action on behalf of his daughter following an alleged dog attack six months ago.

In court papers filed April 30 in Galveston County District Court, Carlos Mendoza attributes the Oct. 4, 2012, incident to a canine belonging to League City resident Belisa Alison Riley.

Mendoza was standing outside in his neighborhood when the aforementioned dog suddenly and unexpectedly tried to attack the child, the suit says.

According to the original petition, the father picked the girl up and placed her behind him to keep the canine at bay.

"Carlos Mendoza tried dodging the dog, but the dog wound up biting him in the calf," it says.

The elder plaintiff adds that he could not ward the dog off while holding his daughter so he put her down, stating he got in between it and the girl moments later to thwart another assault.

"Minor plaintiff was extremely traumatized and was screaming and crying the entire time of the attack," the suit says.

Riley is faulted for violating city ordinance by failing to exercise ordinary care as well as allowing it to roam at large.

Consequently, the complainants seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney Jeffrey N. Todd of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-604

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