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Amherst sued over dog park accident that left visitor with broken leg


Maggie Ohol takes her dog, Junior, through the agility course on June 4, 2011, after the leash-cutting ceremony at the Paw Park on Smith Road in Amherst. A user has sued the town and the association that operates the park for an injury she suffered at the park. (Buffalo News file photo)

AMHERST, N.Y. -- A Cheektowaga woman who said she broke a bone in her lower leg after she was knocked down by a group of dogs at an East Amherst dog park has sued the town and the association that runs the park.

Mary Busenlehner, 72, said the town and the Amherst Paw Park Association are responsible for the injury she suffered on Sept. 1 at the Paw Park at 550 Smith Road, off New Road and near the Glen Oak Golf Course, because they failed to use "reasonable care" in designing, building and operating the park.

In her lawsuit, filed last week in state Supreme Court, Busenlehner said she went to the off-leash dog park at about 6 p.m. that day to give her dog some exercise. She owns a 65-pound pit bull mix, according to the attorney representing the town.

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