Dog Photographer Fired after Firing Shot at Feral Cats
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) A dog photographer fired after she fired a shot at feral cats that landed on her dog in an aerial photo that went viral last year has filed a lawsuit accusing her of intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The suit says her actions were unreasonable under the circumstances and the lawsuit was filed Monday in North Carolina Superior Court.
It also says the photographer’s attorney didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit was initially filed on Oct. 14.
It was amended in a Feb. 22 filing to say the lawsuit is not related to a lawsuit filed against the photographer by a neighbor in March, and that the lawsuit has been moved to federal court in Durham.
The plaintiff in that case, who has not been identified, filed the lawsuit on Feb. 20, citing the incident as a reason to seek damages.
The complaint is not about the cat-on-dog shooting, which occurred in February.
It alleges that the woman, who lives in Durham and who didn’t want her name published, said she was following proper protocol and was not looking for any problem cats in her neighborhood.
The man who owns the property where the shooting occurred said in the suit that he had previously witnessed a shooting in the backyard of the woman’s house, but the woman didn’t show him the shot.
She also said she hadn’t seen the cat that fell on her, and the man’s statement was false, the lawsuit says.
The woman’s attorney said in a statement that the incident was captured by a dog-camera that was recording the incident, and it was recorded by the camera that caught the shooting.
The person who shot the cat said it fell on the ground and landed on the dog, the statement said.
The dog, named Cactus, was euthanized by a veterinarian in Durham, the lawyer said.
A lawyer for the photographer did not immediately return messages seeking comment Monday.
The city of Durham has not said whether the woman is still employed.
The Associated Press was not able to reach her.