Fairbanks contractor attacked by troopers dog files suit

A Fairbanks contractor who was attacked by an Alaska State Troopers dog in 2011 while he was working on a state facility has filed a lawsuit against the state seeking more than $100,000 in damages, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. James McLean was painting a motorcycle test course outside an Alaska Department of Public Safety building when the unleashed dog charged from a building doorway and attacked him.

“His injuries were severe,” [attorney Bill] Satterberg said. “Shoulder injuries, puncture wounds.”

“It wasn’t a bite and let go,” he said. “My understanding is the dog -- if you’ve seen pictures of these dogs when they do a take-down -- the dog latched onto him and was dragging him around. The dog did not let go when commanded.” ...

The lawsuit claims negligence by the department and the dog’s handler, trooper Brian Zeisel, who also is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

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