CHARLES TOWN - A Jefferson County woman has filed a suit against a Shenandoah Junction couple after their dog attacked her.

Maria Howar filed the complaint Feb. 12 in Jefferson Circuit Court against James and Judy Bulman.

The suit claims that on the morning of Aug. 2, 2006, Howar was taking a walk. She went past the Bulman's residence and was attacked and bitten numerous times by their dog. The attack caused serious and permanent injuries.

The suit says the dog was "running at large," which is against West Virginia Code. The code imposes strict liability on the owner of any dog which runs at large and causes injury or damage, the suit states.

As a result of her injuries, Howar suffered a financial loss of $3,000 and is expected to incur more medical expenses.

Therefore, through her counsel D. Michael Burke, Howar seeks $50,000 in compensation, which is sufficient enough to fairly compensate her for her injuries.

Jefferson Circuit Court case number 07-C-52

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