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City not on the Hook for K-9 Attack Bill

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The City of Kennewick owes about $1.5 million after losing the K-9 attack trial, but officials say it won't affect the city's budget.

The city's insurance carrier will foot the bill.

A federal jury ruled yesterday that the City owes $1.052 to Ken Rogers and around another $500,000  for attorney fees after a Kennewick Police K-9 attacked him in 2003, but even though they lost, nothing's coming out of the city's wallet.

"Our operating budget is around $39 million, $38 million a year, on operating side, so, you know, $100,000 is a lot of money, but percentage wise that's almost what it is," said Bob Hammond, the City Manager.

The City could have settled out of court for about $780,000, but their insurance carrier wanted to take it to court.

Now insurance will have to pay about $1.5 million.