Petaluma agrees to $500K settlement with man bitten by police dog

The City of Petaluma has agreed to pay $500,000 to a man who was bitten by a police dog in 2010 and left with a chunk of his biceps missing.

The payment, agreed to this week, ends a civil rights lawsuit Edward Hogya, now 67, filed in federal court alleging excessive force and false arrest. Hogya's acceptance of the award releases the city and Officer Jason Jucutan, the canine handler, of liability for Hogya's legal claims, injuries and attorney costs.

In the settlement, the city maintains the payment doesn't constitute an admission of liability.

"The city's position on this is not that we're guilty of anything," City Manager John Brown said. "We believe the proper procedures were followed and the officers acted responsibly within the context of how a situation like that would normally be addressed."

But, he said, Hogya was seriously wounded.

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