In November 2004, the mother of Tyler Cox, off-duty Washington County sheriff's deputy Kelly McLeod and off-duty K-9 handler, Deputy Charles Irving, left a German shepherd police dog alone with Tyler, his younger brother and his older sister at their Beaverton, Oregon home. The dog was left loose in the Cox's garage.
Inevitably, after being let into the house by one of the children, the police dog attacked Tyler. The young boy needed 187 stitches to close wounds on his cheek, near his ear and under his arm.
Tyler’s divorced parents brought suit, seeking $250,000 in future medical care and counseling costs. Washington County officials admitted that an off-duty dog should be locked in a kennel or fenced area when the handler isn't present but that was not done because a bolt to lock the kennel door was missing. As a result, the County agreed to pay the family $82,500 to settle the case.
Source: Oregon Live; LawyersandSettlements.com
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