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WILKES-BARRE — A Duryea woman is suing a Dallas animal farm, claiming she was bitten in the buttocks during a visit to the property last year.


Kingston attorney Carl Guagliardo filed the suit in Luzerne County Court on behalf of Alicia Ciminelli.


According to the suit, Ciminelli visited Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge on Aug. 6 to return a cat, and employees were aware she would be coming to the farm for that purpose.


When Ciminelli went back into her car to retrieve paperwork for the cat, a dog owned by the defendants “ran behind her and attacked her, violently biting her in the left buttock area,” tearing Ciminelli’s clothing and causing injuries that required hospital treatment, the suit says.


Ciminelli claims one count of negligence, alleging that the owners failed to restrain the dog, and did not warn her of potential danger — even though they knew or should have known the dog had a propensity to attack, according to the suit.


Ciminelli is seeking unspecified damages for physical pain, mental anguish and loss of income.


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