CHARLESTON -- A woman who was attacked by an aggressive dog is suing the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association for her injuries.

On April 9, 2011, a Saint Bernard dog was being returned to the defendant due to its aggressive behavior and an employee of the defendant walked out to the parking lot to obtain control of the Saint Bernard's leash, according to a complaint filed April 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Tammy Harper claims she approached to pet the dog, which was in the care of an employee of the defendant, when the dog viciously attacked her in the face, causing extensive bodily injuries and psychological trauma.

The defendant had a duty to control the dog and failed to do so, according to the suit.

Harper claims prior to the attack, the dog had bitten more than one person and had been returned for its aggressive behavior.

As a result of the defendant's failure to warn Harper of the aggressive nature of the dog, she received injuries and trauma, according to the suit.

Harper is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Shawn R. Romano.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-617

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