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    Dog's family demands $740,000

    The family of Cassius, the dog killed by leaking electricity from an old NStar Electric lamppost site, said last night it had turned down an unspecified offer of "comfort money" from NStar and is demanding $740,000 from the utility or it will sue. The family said it picked the dollar figure because it equals NStar chief executive Thomas J. May's annual salary.

    Paul and Dee Dee DeVito of Allston, whose 13-year-old son Kyle was walking Cassius on Western Avenue when the dog was electrocuted last Tuesday, said they had initially demanded $1.4 million, the size of May's most recent annual bonus. The DeVitos agreed to seek the lower figure after NStar balked.

    "We didn't want the DeVito family to appear greedy," their lawyer, John G. Swomley, said at a packed press conference last evening where the family disclosed its $740,000 demand.

    But, Swomley said, after three dog deaths in Boston since 2000 blamed on so-called stray voltage, the family wants a sufficiently harsh financial sanction to force the utility to get serious about resolving the problem once and for all. "We tried to come up with an offer that had some poetry to it and that would say in very clear terms to NStar: We don't want this to keep happening," Swomley said.


    "It is not designed to make the De- Vitos a wealthy family."

    After keeping $200,000, plus enough to pay for four years of college for Kyle and his brother Alec, 10, the family would donate the rest of its settlement, Swomley said, to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Rescue League.


    http://www.boston.com/news/local/art...emands_740000/

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    Why, $740,000 makes that ladys claim for $100,000 seem paltry. But then I suppose that this family is dealing with a multi-million dollar utility company, not just a small business.
    This is my opinion, and change is good.

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    They're lucky that it's only been dogs so far that have died.

    City and utility officials have also investigated roughly a dozen other reports of dogs being shocked, including a December 2003 episode in Mission Hill that dog owner John Toner said has left him with $11,000 in hospital bills for treatment of injuries he suffered that NStar refuses to pay.

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    The group will particularly focus on identifying locations like the one where Cassius died, where streetlights have been removed but underground electricity has not been turned off or begins leaking. Stray voltage is a particularly serious issue at this time of year, when slush or puddles with residues of salt used to melt snow and ice can help conduct electricity that would otherwise dissipate into the ground.

    People wearing rubber-soled shoes and boots normally are protected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicktor
    Why, $740,000 makes that ladys claim for $100,000 seem paltry. But then I suppose that this family is dealing with a multi-million dollar utility company, not just a small business.
    The cat lady deal seems like minor negligence / accident in comparison to this. Many dogs have been killed ... people injured and still nothing has really been done. What is it going to take for these people to wake up and fix this issue? A dead child?

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    How much is 4 years od college for 2 kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    How much is 4 years od college for 2 kids?
    I don't EVEN want to think about that.