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Chimpanzee attack lawsuit settled

Whatever else pet owners may happen to think, pets are not people and should not be treated as such. Recently, a lawsuit was settled for $4 million concerning a woman that was disfigured due to an attack by a chimpanzee. The matter was settled by the estate of the chimpanzee owner that has since died in 2010.

The chimpanzee in question weighed 200 pounds and apparently went out-of-control when the injured woman had attempted to lure the chimpanzee back into its home. Police officers that arrived upon the scene were required to shoot the chimpanzee to prevent it from inflicting even further injuries.

This was not the first time that the chimpanzee had been involved in injuring a person. The chimpanzee had been accused of biting other individuals and once trying to drag a woman into a car. The chimpanzee also had previously escaped from its home and then had to be captured by authorities.

The lawsuit appears to have been somewhat complicated by allegations that lawyers for the woman's estate withheld information regarding what the woman owned. There is also a twist to this lawsuit in that the woman was paid to care for the chimpanzee, and she thus may have been injured during the course of her employment.

This settlement also is not the end of the controversy. There will likely be additional claims against certain government agencies that did not react when prior claims about the animal's dangerous propensities were made.

Whatever the complexities, the injured woman is now living in a nursing home as a result of this attack. This was an incident that should never have occurred.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Settlement In Charla Nash Chimp Attack Lawsuit," by Dave Collins, Nov. 29, 2012

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