K-9 Dog Attack Suit Settled

K-9 Dog Attack Suit SettledA Louisiana woman's personal injury lawsuit against the sheriff and the handler of the dog that allegedly attacked her has been settled for an undisclosed amount.

Jessica Brister, who was 20 at the time of the 2009 incident, said she was in her driveway when the dog belonging to the K-9 officer next door attacked her and bit her right arm, WDSU.com reports. She and her family later filed a personal injury lawsuit against K-9 officer Phillip Pitre and Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois, which claimed that the dog "viciously attacked" her, resulting in tendon damage and cuts to her right arm that required surgery to address, according to Houma Today. The tendon damage compromised her ability to pursue her career, the suit stated, as she was a nursing student at the time of the attack.

Pitre was suspended after the attack, and is currently employed in the sheriff's office Narcotics Division. He no longer works with a dog, according to the news source.

Though the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, attorneys for both sides reportedly said that they believe the settlement was fair.