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Santa Monica Dog Walker Charged With Child Endangerment After Dog Bites 4-Year-Old Girl

(An American Staffordshire Terrier. Photo by David Robert Perez via Shutterstock)
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A professional dog walker in Santa Monica has been charged with child endangerment after a 4-year-old girl was bitten in the leg by a dog.

Rebecca McGroerty, 26, was inside a home with the Staffordshire Terrier when the girl was attacked on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The girl's wounds were stitched and she was released to her parents. Police said the dog's owner had instructed McGroerty to always have the dog muzzled and on a leash.

"The dog was not muzzled and off leash at the time of the attack," Sgt. Jay Moroso said in a statement.

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The owner had also warned McGroerty that the dog was afraid of children and would act aggressively toward them, the Times reports. The dog walker was also told she shouldn't have anyone other than employees or residents in the home.

The 10-year-old dog was held at the Santa Monica animal control office for 10 days before being released to its owner, and is now under mandatory "muzzle restrictions," police said.

McGroerty is scheduled to be arraigned at the Airport courthouse later this month.