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Lawsuit filed for girl bitten by dog.

Byline: Chelsea Gorrow The Register-Guard

A 9-year-old girl attacked by a Rottweiler in 2013 is suing the dog's owner for more than $175,000, with the help of her father.

According to a lawsuit, filed in late December in Lane County Circuit Court, Abigail Fournier was bitten in the face by a dog named Dizzle at the home of Jessica Delorme on Cone Avenue in Eugene in August 2013.

In the lawsuit, the girl's mother identified Delorme as her sister-in-law, making De lorme aunt to the girl.

Abigail Fournier was visiting with Delorme and her children at the home, when the dog, which had been kenneled, was let out in the backyard while both the girl and Delorme were there, the lawsuit states. The girl tried to pet the dog, which was lying down, and then it leapt up and bit her, according to the lawsuit.

The girl suffered lacerations to her face, primarily on her right cheek and lip, according to the lawsuit.

She will have permanent scarring, according to the suit, and will need scar reduction treatment later in life.

The suit alleges that Delorme "was aware, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been aware" that the dog had an aggressive nature.

Delorme has not yet filed an answer to the lawsuit and could not be reached for comment. Two phone numbers listed for the Delormes were not in service. A message sent through social media to Jessica Delorme was not returned.

The suit alleges that the surgery immediately following the attack cost $900. Future medical expenses are estimated at $10,000. The girl's father, Gabriel Fournier, also asks for $150,000 in the suit for the physical and emotional pain and distress the girl will suffer from permanent facial scarring.

An attorney representing the Fourniers was not available for comment.

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Title Annotation:Courts; The 9-year-old suffered scarring after the encounter with a Rottweiler owned by an aunt, the suit alleges
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 3, 2015
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