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Guests sue homeowners over dog attack


By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 8, 2019

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EDWARDSVILLE — Two guests are suing Glen Carbon homeowners, alleging they were attacked by a dog. 

Melinda Tottleben and Adamaria Haluch filed a complaint Jan. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court against Thomas J. Lech and Kristen Poshard, alleging violation of the Illinois Animal Control Act.

Poshard served as Madison County administrator of community development but was terminated after an investigation concluded that sexual harassment claims she had made were unfounded. 

According to the complaint, on Feb. 15, 2017, Tottleben and Haluch were lawfully at the defendants' home in Glen Carbon to perform services. They allege they were attacked by the defendants' dog without any provocation. 

Tottleben and Haluch claim they sustained injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, medical expenses and lost wages. 

The plaintiffs allege Lech and Poshard failed to properly secure the dog and failed to provide adequate warning of the dog's dangerous propensities.

Tottleben and Haluch seek trial by jury, judgment in excess of $50,000, plus court costs and any further just and equitable relief. They are represented by attorney Eric W. Evans of Evans | Blasi in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-0001

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