Guest claims pit bull injuries in suit against East Carondelet couple

Kelly Holleran Apr. 7, 2009, 8:52am

A St. Clair County woman is suing a St. Clair County couple over injuries she says she sustained from their pit bull.

Karie Darnell filed a lawsuit against Debra K. and A.J. Mikel in St. Clair County Circuit Court on April 2.

She says she was visiting the couple at an East Carondelet residence on June 18, 2007, when Rocky, the Mikels' pit bull terrier dog, bit her left hand and wrist.

Because of the unprovoked attack, Darnell says she suffered severe and permanent injuries and incurred medical costs of more than $10,000. She also lost wages of more than $2,000, according to the complaint.

The Mikels knew Rocky had a vicious and dangerous propensity and knew he had exhibited aggressive and violent behavior toward others, but failed to warn Darnell of the dog's dangerous tendencies and failed to maintain control of him, the suit states.

Darnell is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

William K. Meehan and Kelly B. Chevalier of Meehan Law Firm in University City will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0164.

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