Judge may find dog owner liable for elderly woman’s injuries

In a ruling issued last Tuesday, August 30, Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Leonard Steinman wrote in Waldman v. Sangiray that Engin Sangiray, the owner of a two-year-old Siberian Husky – a supposedly non-violent creature – that allegedly jumped on 82-year-old Jacqueline Waldman, may be liable for her injuries.

According to court documents, Waldman was walking with her three-year-old grandson in Hewlett Harbor, New York on June 8, 2012, when Sangiray’s Siberian Husky came up to them and placed its paws on her shoulder as they passed by Sangiray’s house.

Waldman claims that the dog named Louie tipped her over, causing her to roll over on her back, and that, at some point, the dog bit her on the arm. Due to the incident, Waldman filed a personal injury lawsuit against Sangiray, who moved for summary judgment, arguing that there had no previous evidence of the dog injuring or biting anyone in the past.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide comprehensive legal counsel for people who have been injured by animals in New York. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (212) 779-0057.


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