HAYWARD -- The city will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit filed because of a police dog attack, the third such settlement in less than a year.

In the most recent case, a Hayward police dog bit a worker at a kennel where the animal was being boarded in 2011.

The attack occurred at Breton's School for Dogs & Cats in Danville, according to court documents. When police officer Vince Celes tried to put a collar and leash on the dog, Nero, it broke away and lunged at kennel worker Jose Rojas.

"The kennel worker tried to go up a fence, and the dog latched onto one of his legs after having bitten the other one," said Hayward City Attorney Michael Lawson. Rojas was later hospitalized for complications from an infection.

The City Council approved the $225,000 settlement at its Jan. 21 meeting.

"Mr. Rojas has returned to work at the kennel, and the city of Hayward is no longer using this kennel to kennel our police department canines," Lawson said. Nero has been retired, he said.

In the second case, the the council on June 18 agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with the family of Jesse Porter, 89. Porter was attacked in 2011 when Officer Loring Cox lifted a police dog, Nicky, over a wall into Porter's Hayward yard. The police were searching for a suspect after a robbery at a nearby restaurant.

A few days after Nicky bit Porter on the calf, he developed gangrene and his leg was amputated above the knee. He never returned home and died in a rehabilitation center less than two months later, said Matthew Davis, a San Francisco attorney who represented Porter's family.

The third case occurred 11 months earlier, when Cox loosed Nicky as officers were confronting Lawrence Sterling. What started as a traffic stop escalated and officers felt threatened, said assistant city attorney Joseph Brick. The dog bit Sterling on the ankle, and police took him to St. Rose Hospital to treat the wound.

The city settled with Cox for $25,500. "The expense of further discovery and going to trial would have been far greater than the amount of the settlement," Lawson said. Nicky also is retired.

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