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Google photo gives judge standing to hold man responsible for accident

TAIPEI--A judge has used a Google Maps image showing an unleashed dog to hold a man responsible for his neighbor's bicycle accident.

A defendant surnamed Lee denied being the dog's owner and causing injury through negligence.

The victim surnamed Peng testified that he became scared after the dog began pursuing him while he was riding his bicycle last July. He said he fell off the bike and injured his forehead.

Judge Song Kuo-chen said Thursday that a two-year-old Google Street View picture showed the dog standing in Lee's yard which meant that Lee was its owner. Police had earlier said there were no other dogs in the rural neighborhood in Miaoli County south of Taipei where Lee and the victim live.

The judge fined Lee NT$59,000 (US$2,000).

1 Comment
July 8, 2012    ludahai_twn@
Dog owners... take responsibility for your dogs. Keep them under control and don't release them just because they become inconvenient.

Government... address the growing severity of the problem of stray dogs and the hazard they pose to pedestrians, cyclists, and even motor scooter riders.
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This January 2011 image provided by Google shows a Google Street View photo of an unleashed dog standing in the yard of a defendant, surnamed Lee, in a rural neighborhood of Miaoli County. Lee's neighbor claims the dog chased him while he was riding his bicycle in July 2011, causing him to injure his forehead.(AP)

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