Man bitten by Fresno Police K-9 files lawsuits

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Seven months after being mauled by a police canine Hanley Sell is still recovering. In a lawsuit filed this week, Sell's lawyers say the canine and his handler were negligent. They also quote Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer's interview last year with Action News, who took responsibility for the assault and said they were covering his medical bills. (KFSN)

Seven months after being mauled by a police canine Hanley Sell is still recovering.

"It's hard to go two months without using my arms," Sell said.

Sell was caught in the middle of a police chase last July, mistakenly attacked by Fresno Officer Kubo. "It's just hard," Sell said. "I get nightmares all the time. That is horrible. I mean, I don't know how else to explain it except for what it is."

In a lawsuit filed this week, Sell's lawyers say the canine and his handler were negligent. They also quote Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer's interview last year with Action News, who took responsibility for the assault and said they were covering his medical bills. "We recognized last night it was our fault, our mistake," Dyer said. "There was an accident that occurred where this dog was able to break away was not on the leash for whatever reason, someone who was not involved in this incident."

Sell's lawyers say they're hoping to resolve this outside of court and get a fair settlement for their client, but Sell's priority is to fully recover from his injuries.

"I'm afraid to leave the house," Sell explained. "I don't go very far, if I do, and I don't go alone."
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