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Ohio Prisoner's Dog Bite Suit Settled for $1,500

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DORC) settled a prisoner's dog bit lawsuit for $1,500 on August 28, 2014.

Craig Meriwether was an Ohio state prisoner incarcerated at the Warren Correctional Institute on October 3, 2013, when, in a foyer between two units, he encountered another prisoner, who, as part of the prison's dog care program, was watching a dog that belonged to a guard. Meriwether tried to pet the dog and was bitten, suffering a puncture wound on the leg. Meriwehter's wound was cleaned and wrapped by a staff member. He allegedly was told that he would need a shot, but never received one.

Aided by Reynoldsburg, Ohio attorney Richard F. Swope, Meriwether filed suit in state court alleging the DORC allowed a vicious dog onto the premises of the prison. He claimed excruciating pain in his leg causing great discomfort even when merely performing light calisthenics. Additional, he claimed to suffer from anxiety when he sees a dog at the prison.

The DORC agreed to settle the suit pretrial for $1,500. See: Meriwether v. Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Court of Claims, No. 2013-00636.

Additional source: VerdictSearch Ohio

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