Lawsuit: Pit Bull Kills Dog at Vet

Terrier attacked by larger dog

Saturday, May 8, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM CDT
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Usually you take your dog to the vet expecting it to get better, but a Minooka woman claims the opposite happened.

The Joliet Herald News reports that Cyndi Campbell filed a civil complaint this week against Minooka Animal Hospital after Tootsie -- her 12-year-old West Highland terrier -- was attacked and killed by a female pit bull at the facility.

The suit accuses the hospital and its owner of negligence, and seeks up to $50,000 in damages.

According to a Grundy County Animal Control report, the pit bull -- which was known to be aggressive -- was in an adjacent cage, chewed through it and "pulled Tootsie by her head and neck through the opening."

Jay Frederickson, the animal hospital's owner, told the Herald News that the two outdoor kennels where the incident happened aren't being used now and that he's decided to never board agressive animals again.

Campbell's attorney, Cosmo Tedone, says the hospital offered to reimburse her for the price of a new dog and a year of free services.

[More: Joliet Herald News]

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