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Lawsuit: Cat named 'Trouble' attacked girl in Joliet

Pictured: A cat, but not the cat who is discussed in the lawsuit.
Pictured: A cat, but not the cat who is discussed in the lawsuit.

JOLIET – A cat named Trouble allegedly attacked a 7-year-old girl while she was visiting her grandfather in Joliet, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Will County court.

The owners of the allegedly troublesome cat are being sued over the incident that apparently left the girl with claw marks across the her forehead. The injury required surgery, the lawsuit said.

Anna Tezak, the mother of the girl, is suing Rena and Kelly Blankenship, who were identified in the complaint as the owners of Trouble. Tezak is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.

“I think we have enough evidence that this was their cat they habitually let run around their neighborhood,” said Jordan Kielian, Tezak’s attorney.

The complaint alleges that on Jan. 4, the girl visited her grandfather in the 600 block of North Reed Street in Joliet. While at the address, she was “attacked without provocation” by Trouble.

The owners of the cat live in the 700 block of North Reed Street, about 480 feet away from the girl’s grandfather’s home. Attempts to reach Rena or Kelly Blankenship for comment were unsuccessful Friday.

The lawsuit alleges that the girl sustained serious physical injuries, disability and disfigurement.

Cited in the lawsuit is a section of the Illinois Animal Control Act that states if a dog or other animal attacks or attempts to attack a person without provocation, their owner may be liable for civil damages.

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