Wednesday 21 February 2018

Woman sues neighbours over attack by 'abnormal' cat

Charity co-ordinator Maureen O’Hagan said she was attacked when she attempted to shoo the black cat out of her south Dublin home. Photo: Collins Courts
Charity co-ordinator Maureen O’Hagan said she was attacked when she attempted to shoo the black cat out of her south Dublin home. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A woman who sued over an attack by her neighbours' cat has settled her High Court action for damages against them.

Charity co-ordinator Maureen O'Hagan said she was attacked when she attempted to shoo the black cat out of her south Dublin home.

Ms O'Hagan (59), of Moyallen, Elton Park, Sandycove, sued her next-door neighbours Marty and Diane Olson for negligence and breach of duty and nuisance in the control, care and supervision of their cat.

She claimed the cat had a mischievous and abnormal nature which she alleged the Olsons knew about.

The case, which was before the court for assessment of damages only, was settled following talks yesterday.

Her counsel, Noel MacMahon, told the court she suffered four nasty cuts to her hand after the cat grabbed it.

It was claimed the Olsons failed to control the cat adequately or at all and caused or permitted the cat to bite Ms O'Hagan.

It was claimed Ms O'Hagan had previously witnessed the cat acting aggressively on her property on a number of occasions.

There was also an alleged failure to have the cat properly trained or to keep it muzzled.

It was claimed Ms O'Hagan complains of residual pain, swelling and redness on her right hand. She also said she has been left with a scar.

Irish Independent

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