The city of Stamford’s animal control manager was fired after an investigation revealed that she adopted out dogs that were known to have aggressive and violent tendencies. Laurie Hollywood faces three counts of reckless endangerment and is scheduled for arraignment on July 7.
According to reports, Hollywood forged official city records to conceal information about some of the dogs’ behavior. So far, at least two incidents of dogs being adopted out after being returned to the shelter for biting have been documented.
An investigation into the handling of aggressive dogs was opened after an adopted dog was returned to the shelter and reportedly adopted back out. The second owner called Animal Control after the dog inflicted serious injury on someone. An investigation into the dog’s history showed that he was returned to the shelter by the previous owner for biting. When the owner returned him to the shelter, he filed a complaint, documenting the aggressive behavior.
But, according to the Stamford Advocate, Hollywood concealed the complaint and listed the dog as “harmless in play.”
The investigation has prompted people to step forward and sue for damages. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC is representing one woman who suffered injuries by a dog adopted out of the shelter.
For more information about the investigation or to speak with a Connecticut personal injury lawyer about a potential dog bite claim, contact us today.