A Florida nurse is suing ‘Dog Whisperer’ star Cesar Millan after getting savagely mauled by a Pit Bull who had left his training center just six days before the attack.
Alison Bitney was visiting a friend in California in September 2014 when a Pit Bull named Gus, who had a documented history of aggressive behavior, viciously bit her left arm, leaving her hand with no feeling or function.
Bitney has now filed a suit in California against her friend John Vazzoler, Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, Millan himself and the woman who had previously rescued the dog from being euthanized following an attack in Katy, Texas, in February 2013.
1. Florida nurse Alison Bitney is suing Cesar Milan after a pit bull (not the one pictured) that was trained at his California Dog Psychology center savagely attacked her in September.
According to the law suit, Gus the Pit Bull inflicted “disfiguring open wounds, deep muscle and tendon lacerations” on Bitney, who’s now seeking punitive damages, The LA Times reports.
Gus had been sentenced to die by a Texas judge in February 2014, following an attack against a trainer named Amber Rickles. The Pit Bull was in her care after his owner surrendered him for being “nervous, growling and doesn’t like children”, Bitney’s suit claims. According to Courthouse News, the suit reads:
With the pit bull still attached to her left breast, Ms. Rickles backed into a laundry room where the dog released his grip, enabling Ms. Rickles to close the door. The pit bull then broke through the door and attacked Ms. Rickles a third time, latching onto her left arm and breaking it in two places.
Yet, despite the horrific attack and the grueling surgeries and rehabilitation Rickles had to endure, Gus was rescued by the very woman who had initially brought him to Rickles, Jennifer L. Romano.
Bitney says that Romano appealed to the judge, who allowed Gus to live, provided Millan’s agreed to take him into his Dog Psychology Center and rehabilitate him, according to the 27-page lawsuit.
2. The Dog Whisperer, as he’s known, did not have contact with the animal in question, his lawyers say. However, Bitney’s suit claims his facility released the dog, which had a history of attacking people and other dogs, while knowing it was a danger.
The complaint reads:
Thereafter, Cesar Millan and his Dog Psychology Center, agreed to take over custody and control of the Pit Bull and not to release it until it was “fully deemed a safe member of society”.
However, Rickles claims that Gus’ owner fell behind in payments to Millan’s center and “entrusted it to someone with no training or experience” on September 17, according to the suit, just days before Bitney was attacked.
However, the Dog Psychology Center told the LA Times that the Pit Bull actually left the facility “against the strong advice and objection of his trainer”.
Moreover, Cesar Millan, who is also named in the suit, has never been in contact with the dog, they say.
Bitney’s suit is for an unknown sum.
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