Washington woman claims pet duck attacked her, suing for $275,000
By Jay Dillon
A Washington woman is suing the owner of a pet duck, from Oregon, on grounds that the duck attacked her.Cynthia Ruddell, a Washougal, Washington, resident, claims Lolita Rose's duck attacked her after it wandered down the street.Ruddell's attorney, Gregory Price, told KATU, "...the duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots." The incident happened May 7, 2012. Ruddell broke her right wrist, sprained or strained her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury.The lawsuit claims Rose, an Estacada, Oregon, resident, knew the duck had, "Abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people."Rose is accused of "needlessly endangering the public" because she didn't keep the duck contained and didn't warn neighbors about the danger."We had neighbors that indicated this duck was a crazy duck that attacked kids at the school bus stop and other people before," Price told KATU.The suit seeks $25,000 for medical expenses and $250,000 for her pain, her suffering and the interference her injuries have had on her normal, daily activities.Ruddell and Rose both declined to comment on the lawsuit.Price told KATU he hopes to settle the lawsuit out of court within the next 60 days.
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