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Parker County woman awarded $695,000 in dog attack lawsuit

Jennifer Duggin was attacked by a dog in June 2014 in the 700 block of Olive Branch Road north of Brock.
Jennifer Duggin was attacked by a dog in June 2014 in the 700 block of Olive Branch Road north of Brock.

A Parker County woman who suffered “permanent and disfiguring injuries” after she was attacked by a dog in her neighborhood has been awarded $695,000 by a jury.

Jennifer Duggin, 43, was bit on the leg by a blue heeler in her neighborhood north of Brock on June 1, 2014, according to the lawsuit.

“The jury heard evidence that the dog had bitten people on numerous prior occasions and was trained to attack by its owner, Tim Turner,” Duggin’s lawyer, Brian Butcher, said in an email to the Star-Telegram.

Turner’s attorney, Chad Kimble, declined to comment.

The day of the attack, Duggin was walking in the 700 block of Olive Branch Road when the dog “ran out from an open gate” and attacked her, according to the lawsuit.

The dog’s bite caused “severe vascular damage” that led to chronic swelling and pain, preventing her from walking long distances, Butcher said.

“She also has a scar the shape of the dog’s mouth on her leg,” Butcher said.

In the lawsuit — which also named Turner’s wife, Paula — Butcher alleged that the Turners did not “exercise ordinary care by selfishly allowing their vicious dog to escape their yard and terrorize people in the neighborhood.”

The attack occurred while the Turners were out of town, according to the lawsuit, and the couple left their children to supervise the dog.

“The defendants failed to take reasonable precautions to protect [Duggin] from the dangerous condition and failed to warn [Duggin] of the dog’s vicious propensities,” the lawsuit stated.

Timothy Turner has faced another legal issue the last two years.

In January, he was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of terroristic threat for an incident that happened in 2014, according to Parker County court records. He received 24 months’ probation but has been in the Parker County Jail since Feb. 5 in relation to the terroristic threat conviction.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.

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