Florida legislator sued after dog bites student in face

Published On: Dec 02 2013 02:30:46 PM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A Florida legislator is getting sued because his dog bit someone in the face.

Christopher Kent filed a lawsuit last week in Leon County against Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. Gaetz is the son of Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Kent's lawsuit alleges that Gaetz's dog bit him while he was at a restaurant near the Capitol. The lawsuit contends the dog bite left Kent with injuries that ultimately forced him to withdraw from law school at Florida State University. The lawsuit asks for damages but does not include an amount.

Gaetz on Monday acknowledged that his dog, Scarlet, did bite someone last May. But he said he was unaware of the lawsuit until reached by a reporter. He would not discuss the extent of the dog bite.

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