When Miami residents entrust their dogs to dog walkers, they assume that they will follow any special instructions and keep not only their dogs, but others – including humans – safe. One California dog walker failed to obey instructions from a dog owner. The dog bit a young girl and now, the dog walker faces criminal charges.
On Oct. 19, the 4-year-old child was inside the dog owner’s home in Santa Monica, California, when a 10-year-old Staffordshire terrier bit the girl’s leg. The girl, fortunately, was not seriously injured from the dog bite. Her wound was stitched, and she was released.
The 26-year-old dog walker is liable for the injury because she did not properly follow instructions from the dog’s owner. The owner was clear that the dog had to be leashed and muzzled at all times. At the time of the attack, the dog was off the leash and without a muzzle. The owner warned the dog walker that the dog was afraid of small children. In addition, the owner told the dog walker to not let anyone inside the home except for the residents. It is unknown why the girl was allowed inside, as she did not live there.
The dog was impounded by animal control and spent 10 days in quarantine at the facility before authorities released it to its owner. The dog walker faces charges of child endangerment and is due in court on Nov. 26 for arraignment.
Dogs cannot be fully trusted at all times. Some breeds are prone to attack small children and the dog owner warned the dog walker of this. Had she followed directions, the child would not have been in the home, and the attack would likely not have occurred. She must now face the legal consequences of her decision. The dog owner likely incurred expenses due to the dog walker’s negligence and may want to file a lawsuit for reimbursement.
LA Times, “Santa Monica dog walker charged after dog bites 4-year-old girl” Robert J. Lopez, Nov. 12, 2013