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Couple sues city of Campbell over son’s injuries

Published: Tue, October 16, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


A Youngstown couple is suing the city of Campbell for $7,500 because they said a police dog charged their 8-year-old son, gripped his arm and dragged him to the ground Nov. 26, 2011, as he played in the yard at his grandmother’s Campbell residence.

Miles and Angel Assion of Rush Boulevard, Youngstown, said their son, Patrick, suffered bruises, anxiety and nightmares after the dog, named Storm, charged him while being walked by John Gulu, an off-duty Campbell police officer.

Campbell Police Sgt. John Rusnak said shortly after the incident that a police dog can’t differentiate between a boy running while playing and a fleeing criminal suspect.

But the boy’s mother said the dog should not have been off his leash.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by Atty. Charles E. Dunlap, said Officer Gulu “was negligent for not having Storm properly restrained.”

The case is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Saying he had not seen the lawsuit, Campbell City Law Director Brian Macala declined to comment.


1boxerlover(124 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe the reason they don't ask for more is because they are honest people and only looking to pay their son's medical bills, not get rich as in other cases. Good for them and I hope they get what they are looking for as well as funds for continued treatments as necessary as this child deals with the trauma.

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2hollywood(94 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

if it wasnt a police officer dog the police would have cited the owner and took the dog. that officer dnt need the dog. this is crazy. cambell is lucky it wasnt my son!

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