No one ever said being a reporter wasn’t a dangerous job.
Sometimes, while trying to get the scoop on a story, reporters can find themselves in some tough predicaments. A tight spot, if you will.
As was the case with reporter Bethania Palma Markus today.
Investigating a story on the increase in dogs at local animal shelters, Bethania met a very sweet pit bull mix that was a little too excited; and Palma Markus let herself get to close to the source.
“He peed on me,” she reported upon returning to the office. “He is a very nice dog. Got a little excited, and I got too close – operator error.”
Sockless, and wearing a $2.99 pair of shoes from target, the right foot was the contaminated area. A Hasmat team was not needed. Parts of a $5.99 pair of pants were also hit, but Palma Markus doesn’t plan to file a suit against the animal.
In all seriousness, Palma Markus was at the Baldwin Park shelter doing a story on how these tough economic times are forcing some to give up their pets. This particular dog had been given up due to his family losing their home to foreclosure.
He will be at the animal shelter for another couple weeks due to the mandatory 15-day period at the shelter.
Look for more on Palma Markus’ story in the paper and online tomorrow.