Iowa Woman Ordered to Pay Nearly $50k in Dog Bite Case

August 12, 2008

A Dubuque woman has been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in a lawsuit filed by a man who was bitten by her dog.

A judge has ruled that Michelle Kissee is responsible for Jon Gruetzmacher’s injuries.

Court records show that Gruetzmacher was bitten by Kissee’s dog near his home in May 2007.

Records show that Kissee didn’t respond to the lawsuit that claimed she didn’t surrender her dog for quarantine after it was loose and bit Gruetzmacher.

Judge Lawrence Fautsch ordered Kissee to pay $5,000 for future physical and mental pain, $5,000 for attorney’s fees and almost $40,000 for punitive damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of bodily function.

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