Man Tending Neighbors Cat Gets Attacked and Sues for $100,000 in Damages
As the adage goes, never bite the hand that feeds you. In this case of Christine Bobak of Illinois, her bellicose cat may well cost her $100,000. Two years ago this month, Bobak placed her cat in the care of a neighbor who is now suing her for $100,000 stemming from two counts of feline assault.
The neighbor, Billy Baxter claims the ungrateful cat attacked him twice as he was trying to feed it. He is seeking $50,000 for each violent episode he suffered from the cat.
Baxter says that cat inflicted “serious injury” to his ring finger and damage to his left arm from the clawing. You’d think Baxter had been pulling a tiger’s tail given the amount of money he is seeking in damages. Only in the litigious era in which we now live would a person be able to sue someone over a cat attack.
The trial is set to begin on July 10, but no mention has been made over whether there will be a deposition phase to test the cat’s temperament or whether the cat will be made to take the stand.
In an additional twist, both Baxter and Bobak claim they are happily married to one another on their Facebook page. However, any actual marriage between them has not been confirmed — the Chicago Sun-Times writes:
“A Facebook profile for a Billy Baxter, of Homer Glen, indicates he is married to a Christine ‘Bobak’ Baxter, of Homer Glen. But it was uncertain whether the Baxter and Bobak involved in the lawsuit are that couple or whether they are married.”
William Baxter’s attorney in Chicago, Michael Shammas, declined to comment on the case.
‘That’s not something I really want to get into and talk about,’ Shammas told the Star. ‘I’d rather keep it in the courthouse.’
Naturally, this isn’t the firs time somone sued after a kitty-cat attack.
According to the New York Post, in 2007 a Long Island man sued a West Village bodega for $5 million, claiming the store’s cat viciously bit and attacked him while he was perusing the aisles for a late-night snack.
But the storeowner not only denied the attack – he said he doesn’t even own a kitty.
Adalberto DeSousa, who is 6-foot-4, claimed the injuries from the unprovoked attack landed him in the hospital for a month. He says he still has not regained full use of his right hand.
“I just went into the deli to buy a sandwich,” said DeSousa, a doughnut-shop worker in Long Island. “I felt something strange on my shoes.”
He said he looked down from the potato-chips display and saw a grayish Persian blue kitty pawing at his feet.
“I didn’t want to hit the cat, so I pushed him away with my hand,” he said.
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