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Car Driver Sues Dog Owner For Accident

Here's an interesting car accident lawsuit for you -- sure proof that the court system is going to the dogs.

A Minnesota car driver struck and killed a dog and is now suing the dog owners for damages.

Fester, a miniature pinscher, ran out onto the road and was hit by a 1997 Honda Civic driven by Jeffery Ely. The dog was instantly killed by the impact.

Ely is now suing the belated Fester's owners for about $1,100 for damage to his car that resulted from the dog-car collision.

His damages claim also includes reimbursement for time he had to take off from his two jobs to get the car repaired, and court fees.

Ely said he feels sorry about what happened to Fester. However, as a dog owner himself, he believes dog owners must be held responsible for their pets' actions and that suing dog owners is just a way to keep them responsible.

This lawsuit was filed in St. Louis County Court.

The Munthes family, which owner the late Fester, have since filed a $2,400 countersuit against Ely for the cost to buy Fester, the time they had to take off work to go to court, and the cost of buying a new dog to replace Fester.

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