Tiger mauling victim’s family to file lawsuit

The family of a San Jose teen that was fatally mauled by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo is preparing to file a lawsuit their attorney said Monday.

On Friday, the City Attorney’s Office denied a claim filed by the family of Carlos Sousa Jr. that accuses the zoo of wrongful death and negligence for failing to maintain a proper moat and wall for Tatiana the tiger. The claim called for unspecified damages and improvements to zoo safety.

“They should cut a new moat through the zoo and call it the river of denial,” said the attorney for the Sousa family, Michael Cardoza, adding that a lawsuit would be filed “soon.”

City attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey said the rejection of the claim was merely procedural and was “in no way minimizing the terrible tragedy suffered by the Sousa family.”

The Sousa family has six months from the time of the denial to file a lawsuit.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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