H Street’s nightlife boom has led to a similar boom in dogs hanging out in bars. It’s a pleasing incongruity—this dog thinks he’s a millennial, he wants an IPA too! But a new lawsuit suggests that dogs and booze aren’t always a good mix.
Doberman Vaughn is a regular sight at Little Miss Whiskey’s and Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, bars run by his owner, Mark Thorp. In February, Vaughn became a veritable paws celebre after he was seized by police in a raid Thorp claims was driven by a neighborhood feud. After a campaign that included posters of the dog posted around H Street, Thorp got his dog back.
In a suit filed earlier this month, bar-goer Lauren Trahan claims that she was at Little Miss Whiskey’s one Wednesday night in September when she reached down to pet Vaughn. The dog, who was purportedly “roaming around unrestrained,” allegedly bit Trahan’s face. “Covering in blood” after the alleged attack, Trahan claims that she needed medical work to repair at least one of her eyelids.
Trahan’s attorney didn’t return a request for comment, while Thorp declined to comment.
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