A state senator who sponsored a bill to make it more difficult to collect damages in civil lawsuits is suing the owner of a coon dog which allegedly bit him while he was campaigning last summer.
Sen. Ron Wieck, R-Sioux City, said in the lawsuit filed Friday in Woodbury County District Court that he was bitten while campaigning in Pierson July 18, 2002.
The suit said Wieck knocked on the door of Delray Goulette's home and when a young man opened the door, a coon dog "charged" out of the house, jumped on Wieck and bit him hard enough to pierce his clothes. The suit said the alleged dog bite injured Wieck in the groin.
The suit asks that the dog's owner pay damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of clothing, and for pain and suffering, including anxiety and humiliation.
Wieck also is seeking punitive damages against Goulette in order to "punish his reckless disregard for the safety of the public in owning and harboring such a dog."
Wieck, elected last fall to Iowa Senate District 27, led the Republican effort earlier this year to pass House File 692 which made it more difficult to collect punitive damages from gross negligence.
"This is an insult to every Iowan," said Senate Minority Leader Michael Gronstal.