An Omaha man has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 after his Akita dog bit a boy at a Norfolk home.
District Court Judge Patrick Rogers ruled Issidor Psahnoudis negligent for owning and harboring the dangerous dog, failing to properly train and supervise it and failing to prevent the injuries.
On May 13, 2000, Delisa Grimm of Pender, then Delisa Carpenter, and her son Anthony Ahlman were visiting a home along with Psahnoudis, who was there with his dog.
The dog attacked Ahlman, biting his face and body. The child sustained permanent injury to his face.
Rogers ordered Psahnoudis to pay special damages of $16,573 for medical bills and other expenses, and $85,000 for the boy's pain and suffering, permanent injury and future medical costs.
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How to Avoid a Dog Attack
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and dogs being walked on leash.
- Ask owner's permission before approaching a dog, on leash or in yard.
- Never approach a barking, snarling, sleeping, eating, or nursing dog.
- Do not stare the dog in the eyes.
- Turn sideways and slowly withdraw.
- Put an object such as a tree, post, or bench between you and the dog.
- Speak softly and gently to calm the dog, "Good dog, it's OK, go home."
- Stand still or maintain a constant slow pace out of the dog's territory.
- If local law allows, use pepper spray when charged by the dog.
- If charged, get something between you and the dog's mouth: umbrella, pack, jacket, stick.
- If attacked, curl up in a ball and protect your face, neck, and head.
- Report unleashed aggressive dogs to the local police.
- You can't outrun the dog, not even an Olympic sprinter could.
- Be aware of dogs a block or more ahead, change your route or turn around to avoid unleashed dogs.
- Know the weapons laws in the community you are walking in and obey them.
www.walking.about.com contributed these tips.