Last Update: 12/24/2012 12:10:00 PM
New Jersey court: Pet sitter can sue dog's owners over bite
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appellate court says a woman injured by a dog she was being paid to watch can sue the animal's owners.
reports the Bergen County woman agreed to care for her neighbor's golden retriever while they were on vacation. In exchange, she would get about $300.
While at the woman's home, the dog bit and injured her when she tried to pick up a napkin. But a Superior Court judge ruled she wasn't entitled to damages unless she showed the dog's owners knew it was vicious or prone to attacks.
But the appellate court disagreed in a decision issued Friday.
The panel found the judge erred by classifying the woman as an independent contractor, because she earned extra income by working for a pet-sitting agency.
Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger