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Mother of boy bitten by dog sues Kendall County Animal Control

6-year-old GavLee hospital after being biten by bull mastiff named 'Moose' July 3 2011 Kendall County Animal Control shelter Yorkville.

6-year-old Gavin Lee in the hospital after being biten by a bull mastiff named "Moose" on July 3, 2011 at the Kendall County Animal Control shelter in Yorkville. | Photo courtesy Shannon Flores.

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Updated: March 13, 2012 10:31AM

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was bitten by a dog at the Kendall County Animal Control shelter has sued the county, claiming staff did not do enough to control the animal.

Gavin Lee was bitten by a bull mastiff named “Moose” on July 3, 2011, while working with his father at the center. The child and his father were petting the dog when it bit Gavin in the face. Gavin needed surgery, and because of complications at the hospital, was in critical condition for a while.

Moose had been sent to the Animal Control shelter because the dog had bitten a postman in Montgomery on May 31, 2011. The postal worker needed three surgeries to his right forearm, plus a skin graft.

According to the suit, the dog should have been placed in a quarantined area for bite-risk animals.

Gavin’s mother, Shannen Flores, filed the suit in Kendall County Court this week.

The boy’s father, David Lee, said Friday his son suffered a “significant” scar under his eye, but he has had no other complications since getting out of the hospital.

In addition to Gavin’s injuries, the bite set off a series of events at Animal Control. Once Flores told the Kendall County Board about her son being bitten, the board worked to figure out what had happened.

Animal Control Warden Christine Johnson initially assured the board that Moose had been euthanized. But it was later revealed that Johnson lied and had mistakenly adopted the dog out to a Lake Holiday family while euthanizing another dog. Johnson was initially put on leave, then resigned.

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