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Woman Fends Off Dog Attack Only To Be Bitten By The Dog’s Owner ????

Image: East Bay Regional Park District Police Department

A jogger in Oakland, California, claims that she was attacked by a dog while exercising, only to be attacked and bitten by the dog’s owner once she managed to get the dog away.

The incident is the subject of a court case surrounding 19-year-old Alma Cadwalader, the owner of the dog, who says she was only acting in defense of her pets, who she claims the plaintiff pepper-sprayed without any real reason.

The jogger claims she was attacked by the dog on Goldenrod Trail between Chabot Equestrian Center and the Oakland City Stables, but successfully managed to escape the dog by spraying it with pepper spray. Upon later return to the same area, the plaintiff alleges that Cadwalader tackled her to the ground, punching her several times.

In the jogger’s story, she tried to get away, but Cadwalader bit her arm, leaving a bloody bite mark. Pictures confirm the bite indeed happened, though the two parties disagree as to the circumstances under which it occurred.

Through her attorney, Emily Dahm, Cadwalader presented a different version of events:

“There was no ‘dog attack’…They did not attack or bite.”

Cadwalader’s attorney claims that the jogger, “as she was running on an approved off-leash trail,” “assumed the worst, overreacted, and pepper-sprayed the pets. My client was merely defending her dogs when Ms. Stainner attacked her.”

In the defendant’s story, she repeatedly begged the jogger to stop pepper-spraying her pets. When the jogger refused, despite the dog’s obvious pain, Cadwalader attempted to take away the pepper spray, at which point the jogger attacked her, “pulling her hair and kicking her in the groin.”

It was at this point, according to Cadwalader, that she bit the defendant’s arm to free herself from her grip.

The two versions of the same event are vastly different, and figuring out which parts are true and which are fabricated will likely inform the majority of the trial. In the meantime, the jogger took pictures of Cadwalader following their altercation and police arrested her on Friday, January 4, on charges of “battery, false imprisonment, and robbery.”

Twitter made quite a few wisecracks at Cadwalader’s expense:

Cadwalader will be arraigned Monday, January 7 at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse.

Her attorney commented:

“My client is the victim of an unfortunate overreaction. We can certainly understand if [the jogger] was frightened, but that doesn’t warrant her pepper spraying the dogs nor does it call for her violent attack against a 19-year-old girl.”


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--