Lisa Mckibbin whose German short-haired pointer, Sammy, was electrocuted by a faulty Seattle street light vault cover on Thanksgiving plans to seek damages from the City for the loss of her pet according to KOMO News.com.
Mckibbin was walking her dog in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood when the dog was electrocuted .
Seattle City Light has pledged to inspect all metal streetlights and also train crews in maintenance and voltage checks.
There is a lot of finger pointing going around because the decorative street lamps were installed by a private contractor. City Light says that the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) signed off on the installation and they are responsible for street light inspection. The SDOT says they inspected the lights but don’t have any documentation to determine what the inspection covered.
According to KOMO News, Mckibbin’s attorney is seeking reports and evidence on the faulty wiring and previous incidence.
There is a report of another dog being injured by one of the street lamps on the previous night. When one thinks about this incident, it’s easy to imagine that a small child could have been killed.
It seems reasonable that the City should compensate Mckibbin for general damages which could include cremation of her pet, monies for pain and suffering and for loss of companionship. If the City balks at providing damages then Mckibbin could file a negligence lawsuit. Negligence arises when a property owners fails to keep the property free from any hazard and in a reasonable and safe condition.
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