The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, is being sued by a woman who claims that she suffered disfiguring wounds from a pit bull he released prematurely from his Dog Psychology Center.
The plaintiff, Alison Bitney, is a critical care nurse in Florida who claims she suffered “disfiguring open wounds, deep muscle, and tendon lacerations” and bone fractures during the September 23, 2014, attack that occurred at the dog owner’s home in Santa Clarita, just six days after the dog was released from Millan’s Center.
In her complaint, her attorneys allege that Alison permanently lost function and feeling in her left hand, and she is seeking punitive damages, according to the L.A. Times on February 4.
Jen Woodard, the director of Millan’s Dog Psychology Center, said that Millan never had contact with the dog and never personally trained the animal. According to TMZ, the director admitted that the dog needed another 18 months of rehabilitation. Woodard said that the dog’s owner decided to remove the pit bull, Gus, prematurely against the strong objection of his trainer at the center.
Bitney indicated that she was horrified when she learned of the dog’s past. Apparently, Gus bit his prior trainer’s breast and arm back in 2013 in a 20-minute attack. The dog was impounded, only to be saved when a judge signed off and allowed the Dog Whisperer to train the pooch.
Alison’s complaint states that “thereafter, Cesar Millan and his Dog Psychology Center, agreed to take over custody and control of the pit bull and not to release it until it was ‘fully deemed a safe member of society’… When the dog’s owner fell behind on monthly payments to keep it housed at the Dog Psychology Center, the center prematurely released the known vicious and dangerous pit bull back into the public domain and entrusted it to someone with no training or experience in the handling of vicious and dangerous dogs[.]”
This is not the first time Millan has been sued. In 2006, a television producer sued, claiming that his Labrador retriever was injured after being suffocated by a choke collar and forced to run on a treadmill at the training facility. The producer claimed that he paid over $25,000 in medical bills for the dog, according to USA Today.
Bitney states that a Los Angeles County judge has already ordered Gus’ destruction.
Pit bulls, like any dog, can bite, and are sometimes given a bad rap. As was noted in the Inquisitr in September 2014, a severely abused pit mix named Susie was awarded the American Hero Dog Award and in October 2013, another rescued pit bull was a hero who saved a boy’s life.
What do you think about Gus’s fate?
[Photo courtesy the Inquisitr; photo is a pit bull, not Gus in the story]