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Santa Monica to pay $325,000 to family of boy mauled by pit bull

The Santa Monica City Council agreed this week to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a boy  was mauled by a pit bull in a city park in 2010.

The attack occurred in October 2010 when the pit bull escaped from a dog run through a defective gate at Memorial Park and bit Zachary Rasmussen, who was 7 years old at the time, in the head.The complaint said Rasmussen sustained brain damage as well as neck, back and shoulder injuries, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.

“This was a very sad case,” said City Attorney Marsha Jones Moutrie at the council meeting Tuesday.

The family sued the city and the dog owner for nearly $1 million to cover medical bills, therapy costs and other costs before settling for $325,000.

The council voted unanimously to approve the settlement. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge must sign off on the agreement before it becomes official, and a hearing is scheduled for July 27.


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