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Bicyclist seeks $50K over dog attack, property damage to bike

By Ann Maher | May 23, 2017

A bicyclist is suing the Collinsville owners of a black dog that allegedly attacked him without provocation while he was riding in front of their home in November 2015.

Howard Laidlaw filed suit May 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Fred and Kristen Sarrach claiming that the dog's attack caused him to sustain severe, painful and disabling injuries to his hip and shoulder.

He claims he has incurred medical expenses as well as was hindered from engaging in full employment and from attending to his usual duties and affairs of daily living.

Laidlaw also claims the incident caused damage to his bicycle.

He blames the defendants for failing to take measures to secure or confine the dog or prevent it from attacking him.

His suit seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages,

He is represented by Laura Schrick, Natalie Lorenz and Joseph Harvath of Mathis, Marifian and Richter in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-668

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