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Craigslist 'Dog Trainer' Loses Dog, Could the Owner Sue?

Craigslist may be a great place to find a missed connection, but it's not always the most reliable source for goods and services. A Lawrenceville woman is learning that lesson the hard way after a dog trainer she found on Craigslist lost her dog, WSBTV reports.

Elizabeth Ingram said that she handed her pit bull, Stella, over to Brooke Brovich after she saw Brovich's ad for dog training services on Craigslist. A few days after the Ingram dropped Stella off, however, Brovich reportedly lost the dog. If Stella doesn't turn up, could Ingram file a civil suit against Brovich?

Brovich reportedly posted a classified ad on Craigslist saying she could help train pit bulls. Ingram told WSBTV that she wasn't as cautious as she normally is because she was desperate to train Stella since the dog attacked another dog last month.

Brovich initially told Ingram that she had given Stella to her sister in Alabama. Eventually, however, she admitted that she had lost the dog.

Gwinnett County authorities are currently investigating the incident. However, should Ingram sue the inept trainer to receive compensation for her loss?

Under a negligence theory, a plaintiff must show that the defendant owed her a duty of care and that in failing to uphold that duty the defendant was injured. Ingram would likely argue that Brovich owed her a duty to keep Stella safe while the dog was in her care, and that Stella breached that duty by losing the dog. Ingram could also assert that she should be awarded damages for both the economic and emotional injuries that resulted from her loss.

Elizabeth Ingram has handed out flyers with a photo of Stella and is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who returns the dog.

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