TAMPA — A Sarasota County man is suing the City of North Port, alleging his civil rights were violated when he was bitten on the face and back by a police dog.

Jared Lemay is suing City of North Port, alleging failure to train or supervise; negligent retention, supervision and training; and battery.

Lemay filed a complaint on March 2 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division, claiming that the City of North Port failed to adequately train or supervise its police officers in the handling of K-9s.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on July 16, 2012, he was bitten by a K-9 dog on the side of his face and back, and suffered extensive physical injuries that required approximately 120 stitches to his face and sutures to his back. The plaintiff holds City of North Port responsible, claiming the defendant should have known of the alleged unfitness of Michael Dietz, K-9 Cammo and Keith Bush, due to a history of widespread prior incidents with K-9s.

The plaintiff seeks compensation for physical, mental and emotional injuries, medical expenses, loss of future earning capacity and attorney fees and costs. He is represented by Scott R. Jeeves and John P. Sacks of Jeeves Law Group, P.A. in St. Petersburg.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division Case number 8:16-cv-00504

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