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Bite From Shelter Dog Costs Stamford $290,000

Laurie Hollywood, the shelter manager, was later fired and charged with covering up the biting history of several dogs that were adopted.
Laurie Hollywood, the shelter manager, was later fired and charged with covering up the biting history of several dogs that were adopted. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The City of Stamford will pay a man who was bitten by a dog four years ago at the local animal shelter $290,000, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Matthew Lazarus, 31, was bitten by a Rottweiler that a shelter volunteer showed him as a possible dog to adopt. Lazarus received puncture wounds to his right palm that caused nerve damage and required surgery. According to the lawsuit, the dog, Bosco, was tagged wrong by the shelter with a yellow warning tag, instead of a red dangerous tag, because he had bitten two previous owners, said the Stamford Advocate. 

Laurie Hollywood, shelter manager at the time of the incident, was fired from her job in 2014 and charged with three counts of reckless endangerment for covering up the biting history of three other animals that bit their owners after being adopted, added the Stamford Advocate.

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