Deputy bitten by dog files civil suit

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Expect the unexpected —- a warning that most law officers have come to heed while on duty.

Faribault County deputy Mark Purvis may have been taken by surprise when responding to a domestic call on May 26 in Walters.

A court complaint filed last October says Purvis was bitten by a dog named “Winston” and that the attack was unprovoked.

“I believe he missed half of day of work,” says Chief Deputy Scott Adams. “Anything can happen on a call.”

As a result of injuries sustained, Purvis is suing Timothy J. Poeppel of Minnesota Lake for damages.

Purvis’ attorney, Scott Kelly of Mankato, will be asking for a default judgment at a March 20 court hearing in Blue Earth.

Because Poeppel has filed to respond to a Purvis’ court complaint, court papers say, Kelly wants Judge Darci Benz to rule in favor of his client.

The court file says Purivs is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for medical expenses, attorney fees and any other costs and disbursements.

Purvis also is requesting a trial for any issues that may be considered triable.

For the record, the court complaint says Winston is a large dog.

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