PITTSBURGH, June 2 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and the family of a toddler killed by African painted dogs announced Monday they have settled a lawsuit.
Maddox Derkosh, 2, died in November 2012 when he was mauled by the dogs after falling into their enclosure. He had been on a viewing platform with his mother.
In their lawsuit, the family said the zoo had been warned by employees that the exhibit was unsafe. The zoo responded by saying the "carelessness, negligence and/or recklessness" of Maddox's mother, Elizabeth Derkosh, was to blame because she set her son on a railing to give him a better view.
The boy was attacked by 11 dogs. The African painted dog is the second only to the gray wolf in size among wild dogs and lives is packs dominated by alpha males.