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Demers v. Rosa

Connecticut Court of Appeals
925 A.2d 1165 (2007)


Facts

On a snowy day, two police officers, Edward Demers and Alton Cronin, responded to a complaint of a roaming dog. The dog’s owner, Steven Rosa, frequently allowed his dogs to roam, resulting in complaints from local residents. Cronin captured the dog and placed it in the back of his patrol car. While Demers was standing next to Cronin’s patrol car and speaking with Cronin, Demers slipped and fell, sustaining injuries. Demers (plaintiff) sued Rosa (defendant), arguing that his injuries were caused by Rosa negligently permitting the dog to roam. The trial court awarded judgment in favor of Demers, holding that it was reasonably foreseeable that negligently allowing a dog to roam would result in complaints to the police department, and that an officer might be injured during the course of responding to those complaints. Rosa appealed.

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