A Mascoutah woman has filed suit against the owner of a mixed breed dog, alleging it attempted to attack her through a glass door, causing her to fall backwards and sustain injuries.

Virginia Avery alleges she was helping to carry groceries into defendant Donna M. Cameron’s home at 1160 Lear Lane in Mascoutah on Sept. 9, 2011, when she fell on the porch.

“Plaintiff was injured by the unprovoked conduct of defendant’s mixed breed dog when it jumped up on the glass door in an attempt to attack plaintiff resulting in the plaintiff falling backwards and injuring her wrist, arm and body,” the suit filed May 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court states.

Because of her fall, Avery sustained injuries to her wrist, which will require her to undergo carpal tunnel surgery. In addition, she experienced physical and mental pain and suffering, endured emotional distress, lost her enjoyment of life and suffered a permanently impaired earning capacity, according to the complaint.

Cameron negligently left her property unattended with a dog that was free to roam the premises, knew her dog was unleashed and failed to warn Avery of the circumstances and did not attempt to restrain the dog before Avery entered the premises, the suit states.

In her complaint, Avery is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000.

Charles J. Baricevic in Swansea will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-244.

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