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$1.5 million suit filed in the library cat case
Union - Tribune San Diego ^ | November 28, 2001 | John Berhman

Posted on 11/29/2001 1:25:19 AM PST by 2Trievers

ESCONDIDO -- Richard Espinosa, whose assistance dog allegedly was attacked by the Public Library's pet cat last year, filed a lawsuit against the city yesterday seeking $1.5 million in damages.

Espinosa alleges in his suit, which he prepared himself and filed in Superior Court in Vista, that his rights as a disabled person as well as his civil rights were violated.

Espinosa, who lives in Vista, was a reporter for the North County Times when the incident occurred Nov. 16, 2000. In his 13-page suit, Espinosa says he suffers from anxiety attacks and that his California-certified assistance dog accompanies him to help him deal with them.

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Espinosa says he was on assignment when he and Kimba, a Labrador mix that weighs about 50 pounds, entered the library and the cat attacked his dog. The cat, called L.C. for library cat, often sat on a pillow near the entrance.

Espinosa says the library had a sign that said "No Animals" except guide dogs, which violated his right and those of others who use assistance dogs to enter the city library.

Espinosa also alleges that a library administrator and a patron chastised him for ignoring the sign and bringing Kimba into the library and that police did not promptly respond to his call for assistance.

Before officers arrived, Espinosa left to take Kimba to a veterinarian, who charged $46.49 for the treatment, according to a claim Espinosa filed with the city in May.

Espinosa says in his suit that he "suffers life-threatening anaphylactic reactions when exposed to cats" and that the city caused him "to come into an unknown and very dangerous and unsafe situation striking terror in (him) and causing him lasting physical and emotional injury" and permanent damage to his dog.

He contends the city violated both the California Disabled Act of 1990 and the California Unruh Civil Rights Act by its "continuing policy of putting the welfare of their dangerous cat above people with disabilities."

In the suit, Espinosa, says he has been diagnosed with many disorders, including bilateral pulmonary emboli, asthma, diabetes, gout and, more recently, with chronic pain syndrome, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In May, L.C. attacked a terrier outside the library. A few days after that incident, City Librarian Laura Mitchell put the 12-pound cat on an "indefinite vacation" at the home of a library employee.

L.C. was a kitten when it was donated to the library by a homeless woman in 1994.

John Berhman: (760) 752-6730;


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" he "suffers life-threatening anaphylactic reactions when exposed to cats" and that the city caused him "to come into an unknown and very dangerous and unsafe situation striking terror in (him) and causing him lasting physical and emotional injury" and permanent damage to his dog."

Hahahaha ... Hope FLEA Bailey takes this case, pro bono.

1 posted on 11/29/2001 1:25:19 AM PST by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
In the suit, Espinosa, says he has been diagnosed with many disorders, including bilateral pulmonary emboli, asthma, diabetes, gout and, more recently, with chronic pain syndrome, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wow, hypochondriac much?

2 posted on 11/29/2001 1:38:37 AM PST by dell Arpa
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To: dell Arpa
LOL ... This guy just hit the jackpot ... he's a millionaire overnight!
3 posted on 11/29/2001 1:42:52 AM PST by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
In the suit, Espinosa, says he has been diagnosed with many disorders, including bilateral pulmonary emboli, asthma, diabetes, gout and, more recently, with chronic pain syndrome, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Um ok. Am I the only one who looks at that list and wonders how many drugs...err...medications he's on?

"Espinosa says in his suit that he 'suffers life-threatening anaphylactic reactions when exposed to cats'" and he took the dog to the vet (Newsflash: there might be CATS at the vet!). For "treatment", did the dog get prozac?

I admit this makes me glad I just served jury duty. :)

4 posted on 11/29/2001 1:47:51 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: bologna.com
And with all of his medical problems, he is still able to hold down a job.
Oh, wait a minute, he's a reporter. Provide your own punchline.
6 posted on 11/29/2001 3:42:35 AM PST by Clink
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To: Clink
Someone should give the cat a metal for valor above and beyond the call of duty.
7 posted on 12/15/2001 3:10:18 AM PST by pcl
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To: pcl
Will someone slap some sense in to this guy? This is why out court system is becoming a joke. I hope the judge just gives him the 50 buck for the vet and slams the door on him.
8 posted on 12/15/2001 3:16:14 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Clink
Provide your own punchline.

Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

9 posted on 12/15/2001 3:16:49 AM PST by cardinal4
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To: 2Trievers
"He contends the city violated both the California Disabled Act of 1990 and the California Unruh Civil Rights Act by its "continuing policy of putting the welfare of their dangerous cat above people with disabilities."

Couldn't have happened in a better state.

10 posted on 12/15/2001 3:20:02 AM PST by dansangel
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To: 2Trievers
Sorry, but "F. Lee" it seems has been (finally) dis-barred.

I do agree with your sentiments totally though.

11 posted on 12/15/2001 3:21:17 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: cdwright
One of my rare moments, CD.

LOL How did this old thread get resurrected? You're too funny! LOL

15 posted on 12/15/2001 3:28:13 AM PST by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
Very odd. This thread from June says his $1.5 million damage claim was rejected:
Novel Claim Over Library Cat Rejected

Be careful with your posts, folks. Espinosa is sensitive!
Library Cat Man Wants to Kick My Ass!

Some history -- the original thread from May:
Escondido Gets $1.5 Million Claim;Library Cat Allegedly Assaulted Dog

16 posted on 12/15/2001 3:38:42 AM PST by Fraulein
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To: 2Trievers
, borderline personality disorder

I'd say he's telling the truth about this,if about nothing else.

Personally,I think it's a damn shame the cat didn't kick HIS ass too,while she was warmed-up.

17 posted on 12/15/2001 3:45:21 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: Fraulein
"Very odd. This thread from June says his $1.5 million damage claim was rejected"

OK, I promise to quit my day job to better research this stuff! LOL &;-)

18 posted on 12/15/2001 3:54:34 AM PST by 2Trievers
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He must have appealed the rejection of the case, and won. But why?

Please don't quit your day job! I'm the one who needs to get a life....

By the way, the second link in my post above really is quite funny! :)

19 posted on 12/15/2001 4:08:11 AM PST by Fraulein
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"He must have appealed the rejection of the case, and won. But why?"

FLEA Bailey was his lawyer?

"Please don't quit your day job! I'm the one who needs to get a life...."

You too? LOL

"By the way, the second link in my post above really is quite funny!"

It is great! And Teesdale addressing it, is even funnier. Glad even the "finest" stoop to our level once in a while!

20 posted on 12/15/2001 4:16:08 AM PST by 2Trievers
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