Couple sues jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval over dog attack
A Coral Gables couple sued jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and his wife, Carmen, on Wednesday, claiming the Grammy winner's dog got loose and mauled the woman last month.
Elizabeth and Edmund Parnes alleged in the suit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court that Sandoval's Belgian shepherd bit Elizabeth so severely that both bones in her right arm were broken and she had to have skin grafts to repair the damage.
Edmund Parnes rushed to her aid.
''Mr. Parnes, an oral surgeon, removed his belt and made a tourniquet for his wife's arm while calling 911,'' the suit says.
The couple was walking in their Coral Gables neighborhood on Sept. 27 when the attack occurred, the suit says. The attack was unprovoked and was the second time in recent months that the dog attacked someone walking down the street, the couple's attorney, Ira Leesfield, said.
''You can't leave your dog unleashed wandering around the street,'' Leesfield said. "They violated three separate laws by doing that.''
Florida, Miami-Dade County and Coral Gables all have laws requiring dogs to be on a leash whenever they're in public.
Leesfield said Elizabeth Parnes, a businesswoman, is undergoing physical therapy and will need more surgery on the scars.
''The injuries are life changing,'' he said.
Sandoval could not be reached for comment. His publicist did not return a phone call late Thursday.( Collapse )
. Lawsuit here