Father sues over son's dog bite injuries

Kelly Holleran Aug. 24, 2010, 8:50am

The father of a boy who was attacked by a dog has filed suit against the dog's owner.

Darryl Potter of 1801 East C St. in Belleville claims a dog owned by defendant Randy Franklin lunged at his son, Thomas Potter, without provocation and bit Thomas Potter on his right forearm on March 20, 2009, and on Nov. 8, 2009.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Thomas Potter suffered permanent injuries because of the dog bite.

Franklin violated the Illinois Animal Control Act by owning a dog that would behave in such a fashion, Darryl Potter claims.

In his two-count complaint, Darryl Potter is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and attorney's fees.

William J. Knapp and Del A. Goldenhersh of Knapp, Ohl and Green in Edwardsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-410.

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