Bite Victim Sues Dog Owner
UPDATE 12/16/08: Diane D'Allessandro, who works in the town treasurer's office, was bitten by the dog, Rocky, in the Town Hall parking lot and is suing for $500,000 from the dog's owner, Louis Carpenito. But that amount could go as high as $1.5 million if the jury in Plymouth Superior Court honors D'Allessandro's request for triple damages for the injury and emotional stress the incident has caused.
Carpenito, a former Advisory Committee member, recently told selectmen he has not worked for 18 months and is deeply in debt. "We'll be looking for an attachment on his house from the court, if we can prove likely success," said D'Allessandro's attorney, Gerard Lane. "Carpenito's house is assessed at $800,000 and change, but he has some significant debt on it."
The dog named Rocky is still missing.
10/22/08: Dog Swept Across State Lines?
Marshfield, MA - Selectmen voted unanimously last week to euthanize Rocky after the pit bull bit and severely injured a town employee’s hand. The dog has also bitten four other times. The owner of the dog, Louis Carpenito, who is a former advisory board member, said, "We don’t execute people who murder other people in this state, but we want to execute dogs for some dog bites?"
5 bite victims, owner still excuses dog's behavior.
Rocky, however, has apparently left town. He isn’t in the state, and Carpenito said he doesn’t know where the dog is. Carpenito has 11 days to turn over the dog. Priscilla McGilvray, the animal control officer, said she hoped Carpenito would disclose the dog’s whereabouts. "It’s our responsibility to notify the people of whatever town it may be in," she said.
During the hearing, town employee Diane D’Alessandro described how Rocky bit her, which led to nine stitches on her hand. She said her hand was functioning now at about two on a scale of 10. Resident Bob Tice said, "It almost bit a woman’s breast off previously. Being a member of the community, it was the selectmen’s duty to keep the public safe."
Now officials just need to find Rocky...
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