A jogger was attacked by a dog in a California park, but police say it was the dog’s owner who left bite marks on her arm.
LT. David Phulps of East Bay Regional Parks told NBC Bay Area that in addition to the bite, there was some punching and kicking involved.
Phulps said it was obvious that the bite on the jogger’s forearm was definitely human.
According to the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department, the jogger attempted to defend herself from the dog’s attack with pepper spray in Oakland’s Anthony Chabot Regional Park on Thursday morning,.
The dog’s owner, identified by police as 19-year-old Alma Cadwalader, then “accosted” the jogger, sparking a physical altercation “where the victim was bitten by the suspect, causing significant injury,” the department alleged.
She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday and faces felony charges battery, false imprisonment, and robbery.
But the lawyer for the accused asserts that Cadwalader’s dogs never attacked the jogger and that her client was trying to defend her pets.
“She assumed that they were going to attack her, but they didn’t,” Emily L. Dahm said. “It was a real overreaction to start pepper spraying the dogs.”
Dahm said Cadwalader was trying to take the pepper spray when the jogger grabbed her and started to hit her. She said she bit her to get her to stop.