Washougal woman attacked by duck sues owner for $275,000

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A Washougal woman is suing the Estacada, Ore., owner of a domestic duck, claiming she suffered a broken wrist after the duck attacked her while she was stepping out of her motor home.

Cynthia Ruddell's lawsuit states that she was on her mother's property when she fell as she was trying to escape the duck on May 7, 2012. The duck was owned by her mother's neighbor, Lolita Rose. Ruddell broke her right wrist, sprained or strained her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury.

The suit faults Rose for, among other things, allegedly failing "to warn or otherwise inform neighbors of her duck's dangerous propensity in attacking individuals" and allegedly failing "to maintain proper control of her domestic animal."

The suit seeks $25,000 for medical expenses and $250,000 for her pain, her suffering and the interference her injuries have had on her normal, daily activities.

The suit was filed on Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, by Vancouver attorney Gregory E. Price.