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Teen Who Bit Jogger On The Arm After The Woman Pepper-Sprayed Her Dogs Says It Was Self-Defense

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a Brooklyn, NY-based editor and writer, with a focus on lifestyle and entertainment content. She has bylines on MSN, HelloGiggles, Business Insider, Romper, Redbook Magazine, and more. In her free time, she enjoys watching (and talking!) about television and fostering dogs through a local rescue.

Police say that a jogger defended herself against a dog attack, only to be bitten on the arm by the dog’s teen owner.

But the owner is refuting that version of events.

This bizarre case, which took place in California on January 3, first gained wide attention when the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department posted about it on Facebook. According to the post, a woman defended herself against an attacking dog by pepper-spraying the dog. Later, the dog’s owner allegedly “accosted” her on the trail where she was jogging, tackling her and biting her on the arm.

“A physical altercation ensued, where the victim was bitten by the suspect, causing significant injury,” the authorities wrote.

The following day, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the teen dog owner, who was identified as 19-year-old Alma Cadwalader of Oakland, California. Alma was arrested on Friday. But according to her, the jogger’s story told via the police is not what actually happened.

BuzzFeed reports that in a statement released on Sunday, Alma’s attorney said that, while her client admittedly bit the jogger, it was done in an attempt to protect herself and the dogs. She further claimed that Alma’s two dogs didn’t attack the woman at all.

“There was no ‘dog attack,'” the lawyer said, explaining that the dogs merely ran up to the jogger “as she was running on an approved off-leash trail.”

“They did not attack or bite [the jogger, but she] assumed the worst, overreacted, and pepper sprayed the pets. My client was merely defending her dogs when [the jogger] attacked her,” the lawyer continued. According to her version of events, Alma had to bite the other woman’s arm “in self-defense to free herself” after the woman began “pulling [Alma’s] hair and kicking her in the groin” when Alma attempted to grab the pepper spray away from her.

“My client is the victim of an unfortunate overreaction,” Alma’s defense attorney claimed. “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.”

According to KPIX 5, the teen faces three felony charges for the incident.

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