SAN DIEGO — San Diego officials were set to approve a $600,000 payout on Tuesday to a woman who was seriously injured when a police dog attacked her in her own yard after escaping from her trainer’s home in proximity.
A lawsuit filed by Jenna Cole in March called the bite a “vicious” and “unprovoked attack” and accused the city of negligence for the way it trained, guarded and caged the K-9. The lawsuit also argued that these animals should be in secure facilities, not residential neighborhoods.
City officials described the bite as ‘unintentional’ and said the dog escaped from his master’s yard through a gate with a broken latch while the officer was cleaning out his city-issued kennel in January 2021.
The dog first attempted to attack Cole’s 5-year-old daughter, but the child was protected by the netting of a trampoline, according to court documents obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The dog then began attacking the girl’s mother under the trampoline, “fiercely biting her ankle through the skin down to the bone and tendon, causing severe pain, bleeding, injury and permanent damage,” said the dog. indicated the trial.
City council was expected to approve the bylaw after giving preliminary approval last month. It covers Jenna Cole’s reduced earning capacity and medical bills and mental health counseling for her and her daughter.
Bubo, a dog with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, is also at the center of a civil rights case alleging excessive use of force against a man in Fallbrook, the Union-Tribune said.