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John F. Smith and Lisa Smith v. Marijane Reilly

New York Court of Appeals


October 25, 2011

JOHN F. SMITH AND LISA SMITH, RESPONDENTS,
v.
MARIJANE REILLY, APPELLANT.

This memorandum is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the New York Reports.

MEMORANDUM:

The order of the Appellate Division should be reversed, with costs, defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint granted and the certified question answered in the negative.

Defendant's submissions establish that she had no knowledge of her dog's alleged propensity to interfere with traffic. Defendant testified that the dog had never before chased cars, bicycles or pedestrians or otherwise interfered with traffic. Testimony that the dog, on three to five occasions, escaped defendant's control, barked, and ran towards the road is insufficient to establish a triable issue of material fact (see Collier v Zambito, 1 NY3d 444, 446 [2004]). On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules, order reversed, with costs, defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint granted, and certified question answered in the negative, in a memorandum.

Chief Judge Lippman and Judges Ciparick, Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Jones concur.

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