Lawsuit: K-9 that attacked girl was 'unreasonably dangerous'


FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. – A lawsuit is claiming a Wildwood K-9 that attacked a 7-year-old girl was improperly trained and "unreasonably dangerous."

Julianne Goodridge was playing with her twin sister in a neighbor's backyard on July 19, 2015, when K-9 Doki, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, jumped a 41" chainlink fence and began attacking the girl.

Wildwood Police Officer Douglas Pelton, the dog's handler, commanded Doki to stop, then yelled for help.

The lawsuit claims that Southern Coast K9 put the community at risk when it sold an inadequately trained dog to the Wildwood Police Department.

Specifically, the complaint says Doki was not properly trained to obey verbal recall and disengage commands; to not apprehend a person unless commanded; and to hold a person with a single bite until commanded to release.

The lawsuit is asking that the nonprofit pay more than $15,000 in damages to cover Goodridge's medical bills.