Pit Bull Ripped Off Mans Face at Luxury Manhattan Condo

A West Side garment executive is suing a fellow tenant in a luxury condominium building after the neighbor’s pit bull “ripped off” part of the man’s mouth in the building elevator .


Alan Johnson, 47, claims the neighbor, Narayan Raj, 37, knew of the dog’s propensity to be violent but encouraged Johnson anyway to pet the animal in the elevator of 555 W. 59 St in in May 2011, according to Manhattan Supreme Court papers.


Johnson’s lawyer, Howard Strongin, said that after the dog “ripped off part of (Johnson’s) mouth,” his client required surgery on his upper lip, and in addition to being disfigured, he still has “an impaired ability to smile.” Johnson charges the owner, the condominium and its management company knew of the dog’s “vicious tendencies” but still had no rules in effect requiring animals to be muzzled in public spaces.


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