CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Charles and Sarah Kegler, the owners of "Pug," who was mauled to death by four of their neighbor's dogs in October has filed a notice of claim against the Town Of Cheektowaga.
The Kegler's filed the claim on behalf of their three children who witnessed the vicious attack, according to the claim the children have suffered serious personal and permanent psychological and emotional injuries.
The four dogs broke through a fence between the Castlewood Drive home where the Kegler's live and the Borden Road home where the dogs live.
The Kegler's children were in the yard playing with Pug at the time of the attack.
Pug sustained broken ribs, punctured lungs, ruptured intestines and a broken jaw and eventually died that evening.
The dogs were ordered to be euthanized by a Cheektowaga Town Justice for their actions in November, although the owner had 30 days to appeal.
The Kegler family says that the dogs also broke through the fence in 2015 as well.
According to the claim, the Kegler's say the Town of Cheektowaga failed to take action after complaints were made, which include failing to monitor and confirm the instructions given to the owner of the four dogs, Mohamed Khalil, to erect proper fencing.
The claim states the incident, the injuries, and resulting damages were caused by the town's failure to take action.
The children require psychological treatment and counseling and they have been deprived of enjoying a life and lifestyle they were to live before the attack, according to the claim.
A monetary amount was not stated in the claim but it did state they were seeking the town to pay for medical expenses, both past and future.