Pa. zoo responds to lawsuit over boy’s death

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania zoo is seeking dismissal of portions of a lawsuit filed by the family of a 2-year-old boy mauled to death after falling into a wild African dogs exhibit last fall.

The lawsuit filed against the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium seeks unspecified damages in the Nov. 4 death of the boy who fell from a wooden railing after his mother lifted him up to get a better look.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says defense attorneys say the zoo shouldn’t be held liable and want a punitive damages claim dismissed.

The lawsuit argues that officials had ample warning that parents routinely lifted children onto a rail overlooking the exhibit.

But zoo attorneys said the suit fails to demonstrate that the zoo “violated any safety standards.”

 

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