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Restaurateur, husband in west Japan arrested after dog bites 2 customers

Hyogo Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Takuya Kurozume)

KOBE -- A restaurant owner and her husband were arrested here on Oct. 16 after their golden retriever allegedly bit and lightly injured two women earlier this year.

    The restaurateur, 42, and her husband, 49, who works at the establishment in Kobe's Chuo Ward, are suspected of professional negligence causing injury and violations of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.

    Hyogo Prefectural Police believe that the 5-year-old male golden retriever was not restrained by a leash or any other safety precautions when he allegedly bit one woman in February this year and the second woman in May inside the restaurant. Investigators also said that the suspects neglected to register the restaurant as having an animal on display with the city.

    Kobe's health department had warned the couple not to leave their dog on the loose in the restaurant three times, but they apparently did not comply. Police quoted the restaurant owner as saying, "Since he bit a customer in February, we've only been letting the dog meet our regulars." The husband has admitted to the allegations.

    (Japanese original by Shota Harumashi, Kobe Bureau)

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