Thursday, August 4, 1994 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Family Files Suit In Rottweiler Attack -- Young Victim's Sixth Operation Planned This Fall

AUBURN - A Buckley couple whose 4-year-old son was seriously injured when he was attacked by Rottweilers two years ago have sued the owners of the dogs.

Filed this week in King County Superior Court on behalf of Diana and Jan Babendererde, the lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount for physical and emotional damages stemming from the attack.

"It's a permanent disfigurement of the boy," said the couple's Seattle attorney, Steve Krafchick.

On Oct. 14, 1992, the couple's young son, Devan, was visiting a family friend's farm in Auburn when he opened an unlocked kennel holding the dogs, according to the lawsuit.

The dogs attacked the boy in the head, back and shoulders, the lawsuit states.

Since the attack, Devan, now 6, has undergone five operations and is expected to have another this fall. The operation likely will cause him to miss several months of school.

Krafchick said state law is clear on the question of liability in such a case.

"If a person is on your property with permission and your dog bites them, you are responsible," he said.

He said the child's family already has incurred more than $100,000 in medical expenses.

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