The wife of a dismissed Clay County deputy is suing her husband's former employers over the attack of her 4-year-old son by one of their K-9 dogs. 

Deputy Ryan Carey was discharged from the force in July 2012 as a result of his alleged involvement in what calls a "drunken poolside incident" -- an allegation that was legally ruled wrongful by an arbitrator in March 2013.

Carey took Cuda, his K-9 partner, in as a pet the day after his termination; two months later, the dog attacked the couple's son, severely injuring the toddler's face and scalp.

The child, while recovered, has required several surgeries since the incident.

The lawsuit claims that, since Deputy Carey's termination was not legally warranted, the county should assume all legal responsibility for Cuda, and seeks over $50,000 in damages.

The Careys turned the animal over to serve at a Delaware prison after the attack.