Lawsuits dismissed in death of dog at Mt. Pleasant dog daycare
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - There's a new development in a Live 5 News investigation into a death of a dog at a Mount Pleasant dog daycare.
Lawsuits filed by the dog's owner the dog daycare have been dismissed, according to court records, which show the case against Paws in Paradise was closed back in February.
Court papers state the dog's owner dropped her lawsuit and the owner of the dog daycare dropped her countersuit.
The papers do not say if there was any monetary settlement.
Judith Von sued Paws in Paradise in January of 2016 after her dog Zane died at the daycare.
Von filed the suit after surveillance video showed her pet dog Zane got trapped under a dog pool.
The video showed the dog wasn't found until five hours later.
A veterinarian determined that Zane suffocated from the weight of the pool compounded by hours in the sun post mortem."
Paws in Paradise denied any responsibility for the dog's death and filed a counter suit against Von, claiming defamation of character.
According to the court papers, the lawsuit cannot be brought back to court, so that means the case is closed.
The filing did not state if there was any monetary settlement but did state both sides would be responsible for paying their own court and attorney fees.
As a result of our investigation, State Representative Mike Sottile filed a bill to regulate dog daycares in South Carolina.
However, the bill got stalled in a house subcommittee.
Sottile says he plans to bring up the bill again, possibly in the next legislative session.
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