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Injuries caused by a “bounding” dog in Santa Fe 10 years ago spun out into litigation that ended only within the past two weeks, months after the New Mexico Court of Appeals decided that a tenant who merely watered plants for free was in fact a “real estate manager” covered by the landlord’s insurance policy.
One twist in the long-running case came when the PNM meter-reader hurt by a dog teamed up with the canine’s owner.
David Tapia, the meter-reader, and dog owner Jenny Dove initially were on opposite sides of Tapia’s lawsuit over his injuries. But they later joined forces to file a complaint against State Farm after the insurance company refused to cover Tapia’s damages.