It is not illegal for the property manager to do what he did. Is it appropriate? Probably not. The best way to eliminate something like this from happening is teaching the14 year old that it is not his job to answer inquiries like this or to provide information. He should call his parent right away.
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It would be illegal for the police to engage in this type of activity, but not a property manager. It was not handled the best way, but the property manager was probably acting as a parent and not as the property manager. When children are bitten by dogs the parents react in different ways. Some people are so frightened by dogs, even small ones, that it is a big deal and traumatic to them for their child to be bitten, even if it's a minor "nip." Other people who have been around animals a lot and do not react the same and do not make a big deal of it.
A person cannot take pictures of someone else without their permission, especially of children. Unfortunately the dog is the culprit and the dog's owner is in no position to make demands. Hopefully nothing will become of this, but the dog owner is at risk of being sued.
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