Surrey man loses lawsuit against city for dog’s broken leg

Greyhound fell in hole on a City of Surrey pathway in 2014.

A man whose dog broke its leg when it fell into a hole on a Surrey path has lost a legal bid to have the City of Surrey pay the vet bills.

Tomas Lichy was walking the family dog, Knightley, on a cycle path at night beneath the SkyTrain tracks near University Drive and 105A Street in October 2014 when the dog fell in a hole in the pavement. The 35-kilogram greyhound suffered an abrasion to his chin as well as the broken limb.

Lichy sued the city in small claims court, saying it was negligent in its inspection of the path, asking for about $2,700 to cover veterinarian bills and another $200 for legal filing and service fees.

The hole was one where a bollard blocking vehicles would usually be placed. The city’s acting manager for roads and drainage (north) testified, telling the judge how many inspectors the city has and how frequently each sector of the neighbourhood is inspected. He also noted such bollards and their brass locks are sometimes stolen and sold for the metal content.

In her Feb. 22 decision, B.C. Provincial Court Judge Kathryn Ferriss said the city’s policies and decision-making appeared reasonable.

“There is no evidence that the City was instrumental in removing the bollard and failing to replace it,” wrote Ferriss in dismissing Lichy’s claim, adding there was also no evidence work crews had been there at the time, that inspections were done improperly or that workers failed to notice the bollard was missing.

 

Just Posted

Measles case confirmed within Fraser Health region

One case within Fraser Health is related to the outbreak in three Vancouver schools.

PHOTOS: Surrey’s Holy Cross to shoot for Fraser Valley title against Fox foes

Crusaders top Lord Tweedsmuir Thursday to earn trip to regional final at Langley Events Centre

Heritage Surrey launches time-lapse mapping tool

It matches local historical images to modern-day locations

VIDEO: Delta man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside North Delta elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Surrey RCMP asks for public’s help finding missing 52-year-old

Police say William Michaels last seen on Feb. 19

Fashion Fridays: Must have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death has not been released

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Cryptocurrency exchange CEO who suddenly died leaves Kelowna house in will

Gerald Cotten, holding the keys to money tied up in his virtual currency exchange, died in December.

Regulator’s report, coming today, unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline battle

The Trans Mountain pipeline will remain a controversial topic both in the political ring and out

5 to start your day

Australian woman dies in avalanche at Whistler, two boys OK after falling through Coquitlam lake and more

Australian woman killed in avalanche at Whistler

The woman and her partner were reportedly rescued by ski patrol, but she did not survive

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Most Read