Lawsuit asserts Texas City woman's son a victim of 'unprovoked' dog attacks

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 25, 2013, 11:15am

GALVESTON - Texas City local Susan Martinez alleges her son was a victim of a pair of dog attacks, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Oct. 23 in Galveston County District Court claims the dog in question belong to Joel and Denise Morris, also of Texas City.

It shows the first attack occurred last Feb. 19 when the boy, who is also a plaintiff in the litigation, was playing on a public sidewalk near his home.

His mother subsequently reported the incident to the Texas City Police Department.

The suit further asserts the canine went after her son again on June 7, stating it assaulted him as he walked across the street from its owners' residence.

According to the elder Martinez, the child suffered "severe" bites and "extreme" mental anguish, which generated medical bills for her.

As possessors of the dog, the original petition says, the Morrises "knew or should have known that their dog was dangerous, the dog made an unprovoked attack on (the boy) at a location other than a secure enclosure and the attack caused serious bodily injury."

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney J. Daniel Wilson of Hildebrand & Wilson LLP in Pearland.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 13-CV-1353

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