Cosmetics giant Mary Kay Inc. and one of its saleswomen from Michigan have been named as co-defendants in a personal injury suit filed by a man who claims the woman’s dog attacked him while he was servicing her disabled rental vehicle.
According to the suit Chaad E. Moore filed against Devon Bossory and Mary Kay on June 26 in West Virginia’s Jackson Circuit Court, Bossory, an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay, failed to restrain her dog when he was called to service her U-Haul truck on May 11.
Court records say that on the day of the incident, Moore, an employee of S&S Tire, was called to a Marathon station off of Interstate 77 to help Bossory get the U-Haul truck, which had apparently developed a flat tire, back on the road.
Before he began to perform any work on the vehicle, Moore entered it to set the emergency brake, which is when he claims Bossory’s dog began attacking him.
Moore says that after he exited the truck, the attack continued, with the dog eventually biting him in a “vicious and brutal manner,” that he claims caused permanent injuries.
Moore claims that the attack occurred within “the course and scope” of Bossory’s employment with the Dallas, Texas-based cosmetics giant. He maintains that therefore, the company should be held jointly and severally liable for her failure to restrain the dog.
Moore alleges that the bit has caused him to experience pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, inconvenience, annoyance, humiliation, embarrassment, mental and emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical scarring.
Moore seeks unspecified damages.
At the time of the incident, Bossory was apparently moving from Havelock, North Carolina, where her husband had been stationed at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, to Traverse City, Michigan, her hometown.
According to Mary Kay spokesman Crayton Webb, liability for the attack falls solely on Bossery, as she is a consultant and not an employee of the company.