Oregon woman files $275,000 lawsuit after alleged domestic duck attack

Cynthia Ruddell of Washougal is suing Lolita Rose of Estacada.

By Evan Bleier
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ESTACADA , Ore., April 23 (UPI) -- An Oregon woman is suing after she says she suffered a broken wrist following an attack by a pet duck outside of her mother’s motor home.

According to Cynthia Ruddell of Washougal, she was visiting her mother in Estacada when a domestic duck attacked her.


Ruddell is suing the duck’s owner, Lolita Rose, for $275,000 after she broke her right wrist, hurt her elbow and shoulder, and suffered a rotator cuff injury. According to the suit, Rose failed to “warn or otherwise inform neighbors of her duck's dangerous propensity in attacking individuals" and did not "to maintain proper control of her domestic animal."

The $275,000 is compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

"The duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots," Ruddell's attorney, Gregory Price, told KATU.

Price is hoping to settle the lawsuit out of court within the next 60 days.

"We had neighbors that indicated this duck was a crazy duck that attacked kids at the school bus stop and other people before," Price said.


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