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Pit Bull Attack Leads to Charges

After a 4-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull, the dog’s petsitter was charged with child endangerment. The woman had allegedly allowed her friend and the friend’s young daughter into the Santa Monica home where the dog was being cared for, in violation of the pet-sitting company instructions. The pet-sitter had complained about the dog’s violent nature after the Oct. 19 attack, only to be dismissed from her job, and then charged in mid-November.

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A pet-sitter has been charged with child endangerment after a dog in her care bit a 4-year-old girl, according to a statement from Santa Monica Police Department.

Santa Monica Pit Bull Girl Attacked

4-year-old Kennedy was attacked by a pit bull in Santa Monica on Saturday.

The attack happened on Oct. 19 when 4-year-old Kennedy, her mother Auburn Kisselman, and her mother’s friend Rebecca McGroerty returned from taking Roxanne for a walk.

The dog was in the care of McGroerty, a pet care professional/dog walker employed by Fetch Pet Care.

According to Pet Fetch Care, McGroerty was given instructions by the owner of the dog to always keep the dog muzzled and on a leash while it was outside of the house.

The owner also told McGroerty that the dog was afraid of and aggressive toward small children, according to the news release from Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Moroso, who said the city attorney had filed the charges. She was also instructed not to bring other people into the home, but allowed her friends in to use the restroom, Moroso stated.

Before the attack, Roxanne approached Kennedy and appeared to be sniffing her leg when the girl backed away, Kisselman told KTLA two days after her daughter was injured.

The dog lunged then at Kennedy’s leg, Kisselman said. Once the dog let go, Kisselman and her daughter ran into the bathroom, locked the door and called 911.

McGroerty, who broke two fingers pulling the dog’s jaws off the child, and Kisselman were very shaken up about the attack and spoke with KTLA two days after it happened. The girl was treated with “countless” stitches, Kisselman said.

“I didn’t know it had that kind of capacity,” McGroerty said at the time. “No one should be around a dog like that except an expert.”

The dog was described by McGroerty and Kisselman as a pit bull; Moroso referred to her as a Staffordshire Terrier.

(When the pet-sitter spoke to KTLA, she gave her name as Rebecca Kay, but authorities named her as Rebecca McGroerty.)

The pet-sitting company, Fetch Pet Care, said last month that its franchisee had “ended the relationship with the contractor,” meaning McGroerty.

“Our first and foremost concern and deepest sympathy is the with the child and the child’s family,” the statement from Fetch Pet Care read. “To our best knowledge, our independently-owned and operated franchisee in Los Angeles adhered to proper protocol by educating its pet-sitting contractor of its strict policy regarding unapproved guests visiting a pet owner’s home.”

McGroerty was due in court Nov. 26 to be arraigned.

Anthony Kurzweil contributed to this story.

A young girl was recovering and a pit bull remained quarantined Tuesday, three days after the dog attacked the girl at a home in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Pit Bull Girl Attacked

4-year-old Kennedy was attacked by a pit bull in Santa Monica on Saturday.

The incident occurred Saturday when 4-year-old Kennedy, her mother Auburn Kisselman, and her mother’s friend Rebecca Kay returned from taking the pit bull, named Roxanne, for a walk.

They had entered the home when Kay, who was pet-sitting Roxanne, removed the dog’s muzzle.

Roxanne approached Kennedy and appeared to be sniffing her leg when the girl backed away, according to Kisselman.

That’s when the dog lunged at Kennedy’s leg, Kisselman said. Once the dog let go, Kisselman and her daughter ran into the bathroom, locked the door and called 911.

“Even after we went into the bathroom it rammed into the door,” Kisselman said.

Kay suffered two fingers broken in the attack.

“I didn’t know it had that kind of capacity,” Kay said. ”No one should be around a dog like that except an expert.”

The dog’s owner was not home to speak to KTLA about the incident.

The dog was expected to remain quarantined at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter for at least 10 days while authorities determine its fate, pending the outcome of an investigation, according to Santa Monica police.

“There’s no way that that thing should be alive,” Kisselman said. ”If it had been any other part of her body, she could have been dead right now.”

The pet sitter’s instructions warned that Roxanne could be aggressive toward small dogs and should remain muzzled during walks.

Kay was also instructed not to bring other people into the home, but allowed her friends in to use the restroom.

The pet-sitting company, Fetch Pet Care, said its franchisee had “ended the relationship with the contractor,” referring to Kay.

“Our first and foremost concern and deepest sympathy is the with the child and the child’s family,” Fetch Pet Care said in a statement. “To our best knowledge, our independently-owned and operated franchisee in Los Angeles adhered to proper protocol by educating its pet-sitting contractor of its strict policy regarding unapproved guests visiting a pet owner’s home.”

A young girl was recovering Monday after being attacked by a pit bull in a Santa Monica home over the weekend.

Santa Monica Pit Bull Girl Attacked

4-year-old Kennedy was attacked by a pit bull in Santa Monica on Saturday.

The attack happened Saturday when 4-year-old Kennedy, her mother Auburn Kisselman, and her mother’s friend Rebecca Kay returned from taking Roxanne, a pit bull, for a walk.

They had entered the home when Kay, who was pet sitting Roxanne, removed the dog’s muzzle.

Roxanne approached Kennedy and appeared to be sniffing her leg when the girl backed away, according to Kisselman.

That’s when the dog lunged at Kennedy’s leg, Kisselman said. Once the dog let go, Kisselman and her daughter ran into the bathroom, locked the door and called 911.

“Even after we went into the bathroom it rammed into the door,” Kisselman said.

Kay had two fingers broken during the attack.

“I didn’t know it had that kind of capacity,” Kay said. “No one should be around a dog like that except an expert.”

The dog’s owner was not home to speak to KTLA about the incident.

The dog was expected to be quarantined at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter for at least 10 days while police decide what to do next.

“There’s no way that that thing should be alive,” Kisselman said. “If it had been any other part of her body, she could have been dead right now.”

The pet sitter’s instructions warned that Roxanne could be aggressive toward small dogs and should remain muzzled during walks.

Kay was also instructed not to bring other people into the home, but allowed her friends in to use the restroom.

The pet sitting company, Fetch Pet Care, said its franchisee had “ended the relationship with the contractor,” meaning Kay.

“Our first and foremost concern and deepest sympathy is the with the child and the child’s family,” the statement from Fetch Pet Care read. “To our best knowledge, our independently-owned and operated franchisee in Los Angeles adhered to proper protocol by educating its pet-sitting contractor of its strict policy regarding unapproved guests visiting a pet owner’s home.”

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