A Manhattan woman whose face was mauled by a dog she was trying to help in Central Park can sue the canine’s owner, a judge ruled Tuesday, according to The New York Daily News.
Danielle Gervais’ face was chewed up in Central Park in July 2009 when Ruby, a German shepherd-Collie mix. She required more than 30 stitches to close the wounds and has permanent scars.
Ruby’s owner, real estate agent Meresa Laino, had argued that Gervais assumed a risk when she decided to “meddle in a perilous situation” and untangle Ruby’s paws that were stuck in a wire mesh fence near the Great Lawn.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan said Gervais, a television executive, had presented enough evidence about the dog’s “dangerous propensities” to go to court.
Victim can sue dog owner in Central Park face mauling, judge rules
New York Daily News - April 24, 2013 - By Barbara Ross