Parents of boy who lost hand in dog attack sue neighbors

January 1, 2020 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The parents of a Utah boy whose hand was bitten off by two dogs while he was playing in his backyard are suing the neighbors who they contend should have known their dogs were vicious and unsuitable for a residential neighborhood with children.

The lawsuit from Hope and John Brown of Layton was filed Monday in Utah state court against three people who were living in the neighboring home on March 3, 2019, when the two Siberian Huskies bit then 3-year-old Austin Brown’s arm. They are also suing the property owners and property managers.

No attorneys were listed in court documents for any of the defendants. Phone messages left with to the property owners and property managers weren’t immediately returned.

The lawsuit alleges the dogs pulled the boy’s arm under the fence and “viciously attacked and mutilated the child,” causing Austin to lose his arm nearly up to his elbow.

Authorities said after the incident the boy had put his hand under the fence and that’s when the dog bit him.

The Browns accuse all the defendants of being negligent by having the dogs in a residential neighborhood where many small children live. They say their son and his dad, who rescued his son, suffered severe emotional and psychological distress.

Animal-control officials dropped citations against the owners as part of an agreement that sent the huskies to an animal-rescue facility.

underneath a fence are suing the neighbors in a lawsuit that alleges

A dog bit off the hand of a 4-year-old Utah boy after he stuck his arm underneath a fence to try to play with the animal, authorities said Monday.