Hawaii record dog attack verdict
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2007:
HONOLULU–A circuit court jury on October 12, 2007 awarded a
Hawaii dog attack case record $850,000 to Keeton Manguso, age four,
and his mother Veronica Tomooka, who were mauled at Kahala Beach on
Mother’s Day 2005 by a Rottweiler belonging to Mariko Bereday. “The
jury awarded Manguso’s family $500,000 in punitive damages and
$350,000 in general damages. The award included $6,500 in medical
bills,” reported Hawaii Advertiser staff writer Gordon Y.K. Pang.
“Bereday told reporters that photos taken of the boy’s wounds were
faked,” Pang added. “Bereday also said that she intends to appeal.
During a separate criminal proceeding last year involving the
incident and another attack involving a 4-year-old girl six days
after the attack on Keeton, Bereday was sentenced to five days in
jail and a $2,000 fine. The dog was ordered destroyed. The case is
under appeal. The girl victim’s family has also sued Bereday.”