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Man sues Chichester animal rescue and sanctuary following bite from foster dog


LACONIA — A nonprofit animal rescue and sanctuary has been sued by a Lakes Region man who claims he was severely bitten by a dog he agreed to foster.

Robert Charter of Sanbornton suffered bite wounds to both hands, a large laceration to his right wrist and a fracture in the middle of his left hand, and underwent surgery to insert pins to stabilize the break, according to court documents.

Attorney Samantha Jewett of Laconia, who represents the plaintiff, alleges Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester was aware of the dog’s temperament and should be held liable for the personal injuries because they didn’t tell Charter about its “vicious or aggressive tendencies.”

The complaint details that Charter brought the dog to his New Hampton Road home, and that while it was playing with his other dog it ran down the road. He went after it and called it.

The dog returned to him, and because Charter didn’t have a leash he put his hand under the dog’s collar and was leading it home.

When a car drove past the dog spun around, trapping Charter’s hand. The suit claims the dog then started to “viciously and aggressively mauling (his) left hand.”

Unable to pull his hand out of the twisted collar, the dog continued to bite Charter and he was pulled to the ground. He put his right hand out to try and ward off the dog, who stopped biting when Charter was able to free his hand from its collar.

Employed as a security guard at Concord Hospital, Charter was out of work for four months after being injured in 2015, and has not yet regained full use of his hands. He has undergone two surgeries and a third will be required in the near future, according to the suit.

Live and Let Live Farm has not yet answered Charter’s complaint.

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