Moorhead real estate agent sues homeowners for alleged cat attack
MOORHEAD - A Moorhead real estate agent is suing a couple after their cat allegedly attacked her while she was preparing their home for an open house seven years ago, court documents show.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead real estate agent is suing a couple after their cat allegedly attacked her while she was preparing their home for an open house seven years ago, court documents show.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Clay County District Court, claims homeowners Chris and Andrea Connally didn’t warn the agent, Karen Thorson, that the cat had been acting in “an unusually dangerous and threatening manner” after recently delivering a litter of kittens.
So when Thorson arrived at their home on July 18, 2007, to get it ready for an open house later that day, she wasn’t prepared, the lawsuit states.
The cat and the litter were kept in a separate room, but the room was left open and when Thorson came in to get the house ready for that day’s scheduled open house, the cat attacked her, according to the civil complaint.
The Connallys didn’t keep the cat current on rabies and other shots as required by law, the lawsuit claims. Following the attack, the couple killed the cat and threw it away, the lawsuit states.
The family moved to Aurora, Colo., according to the lawsuit.
If the Connallys had had the animal tested, it could have potentially spared Thorson the series of painful rabies shots she underwent after the attack, according to the lawsuit.
Thorson is asking for more than $50,000 in damages for pain, mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages, among other factors.
Thorson’s attorney, Daniel Phillips, declined comment for this story.
The Connallys could not be reached for comment.