Dog owner sued over alleged attack

A New Athens mother is suing the owner of dogs she claims viciously attacked her daughter.

Bobbie Mann-Spiller, as mother and next friend of Morgan Mann, filed a lawsuit against Dallas Hill on Feb. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Morgan Mann is an 8-year-old girl who lives with her mom, Bobbie Mann-Spiller, in New Athens, according to the complaint. On Jan. 10, the child was allegedly walking on a public street in her grandfather's neighborhood, also in New Athens.

As the 8-year-old walked in front of Hill's home, Mann-Spiller contends the defendant's two German Shepherds, "without provocation, viciously attached and bit" her daughter.

Mann-Spiller says the child was seriously injured by Hill's dogs. She is asking to be awarded more than $75,000 to compensate for medical expenses, permanent pain, mental anguish and disfigurement.

Attorney Thomas Q. Keefe, Jr., of Belleville, is representing Mann-Spiller and her daughter.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-77

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