Dog in Golf Cart Runs Over Little Girl (She’s OK!)

Here’s a news story you don’t read about very often: During a festival in Michigan last Friday night, an arson dog named Bella jumped down from the seat of a golf cart and laid across the accelerator.

The vehicle took off and a front tire ran over the leg of a 4-year-old girl, who fortunately was not injured.

Firefighters with the Westland Fire Department had jumped in the golf cart and were trying to steer it away from people attending the Blues, Brews and BBQ event in a Detroit suburb when the accident happened.

That little girl was very lucky. Due to the growing popularity of these vehicles, there were over 63,000 golf cart-related injuries from 2010 to 2019, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). About half of the injuries happened to children up to 12 years of age.

The Westland Fire Department had this good news to share in a press release: “Fortunately, the child was back to eating her popcorn within minutes of the incident and within 10 minutes of the incident was back to jumping in the fire department bounce house.”

As for Bella, the fire department says the 7-year-old black Lab was “definitely devastated” and will only be allowed back in the golf cart “with extra precautions in place,” NBC New York reports.

Photo: westland_arson_dog on Instagram

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!