In Duluth, Minnesota, the Munthe family thought that it was bad enough that their miniature pinscher, Fester, was hit by Jeffrey Ely’s Honda Civic. That was before he served them with papers for the damage to his car, court costs, and even lost wages. The family has now countersued for the value of Fester (replacement costs) and their own costs. OF course, Ely got of light, as the video below shows, another guy in California last week found a pit bull stuck in his truck engine, chewing his wiring.
On January 4th, Fester slipped past Nikki Munthe and ran into the road where he met with his demise on the grill of Ely’s Civic. Ely insists that the 13-pound dog forced parts of the bumper into the radiator which had to be replaced. The result was $1,100 in damages plus lost time at work and court fees.
I checked at the value of 1997 civic and found most going for around $5000 or less. That it, without a miniature pinscher embedded in the engine.
Ely is still more fortunate than the man in this video who found a pit bull in his truck engine. He is out more than a $1000 with no one claiming the dog.
Back in Minnesota, the Munthes are now counter suing for $2,400 for the value of Fester (pre-accident) and their time and costs. Since they have little chance of recovery, the lawsuit is obviously designed to get Ely to withdraw.
I suppose in a case over a dog named Fester, we should not be surprised that the case is continuing and worsening with time.
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