Kyle Barnett Jul. 25, 2014, 8:30am


GRETNA –The parents of a young girl who was allegedly injured by a dog at a home they were considering purchasing are suing the dog’s owner.

Stephanie and Luke Jones, on behalf of their minor daughter, filed suit against Louis Smotherton in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 25.

The Joneses assert that on May 30 they and their minor daughter were looking at a home they were considering purchasing when their daughter was viciously attacked by a dog. The plaintiffs claim they witnessed the attack and that it occurred without provocation.

The defendant is accused of failing to keep dog on a leash, failing to keep the dog in the house, failing to keep the dog in a fenced area, failing to properly train the dog, failing to warn the public of a vicious dog, failing to keep the dog in its kennel and allowing the dog to roam wildly throughout the neighborhood.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental anguish, severe emotional distress, mental anguish, severe emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.

Jones is represented by attorney D. Patrick Keating of Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 739-792.

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