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News, The Snitch Dog-Stabbing Case Gets Complicated

Dog-Stabbing Case Gets Complicated

The 33-year-old man witnesses claim stabbed a dog at Fort Funston will likely be arrested this week, according to park ranger George Durgerian. "We know who the man is and he's requested an attorney," he says. "It's pending -- we…
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News, The Snitch Dog Court Continues, Even as Longtime 'Judge' Bill Herndon Retires

Dog Court Continues, Even as Longtime 'Judge' Bill Herndon Retires

For a while, a number of folks in this city were worried that the city's dog court was facing odds as long as one of the repeat offender pit bulls the court was set up to adjudicate. Yet dog court…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Dog Court's Future Uncertain

San Francisco Dog Court's Future Uncertain

These may be the dog days of San Francisco's dog court. Sergeant Bill Herndon had been the head of the police department's vicious and dangerous dog unit, and oversaw the court system adjudicating San Francisco's misbehaving mongrels for nearly 20…
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News, The Snitch A Reprieve For Fiona: Trial of Vicious Dog Featured in SF Weekly Story Delayed -- But Even the Cop Adjudicating Case Doesn't See This Ending Well

A Reprieve For Fiona: Trial of Vicious Dog Featured in SF Weekly Story Delayed -- But Even the Cop Adjudicating Case Doesn't See This Ending Well

On Monday we reported that Fiona, the large, vicious Italian mastiff featured in our recent cover story "Service with a Snarl" had been seized by Animal Control following accusations it attacked yet another San Franciscan. Sergeant Bill Herndon  is the…
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News, The Snitch Fiona, the Vicious Mastiff Featured In SF Weekly Cover Story, Seized By Animal Control

Fiona, the Vicious Mastiff Featured In SF Weekly Cover Story, Seized By Animal Control

In our recent cover story, "Service With a Snarl," we concluded with a look at "Vicious and Dangerous Dog Court" and the case of Fiona -- a massive Italian Mastiff its owner was intent upon having declared a service animal…
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News, Feature Service with a Snarl

Service with a Snarl

Not long ago, Charles Esler's Chihuahua, Tita, chased a woman clear across Dolores Park. The dog "just gets fixated," he says nonchalantly. "It's only with females that she'll chase." Evidently, this has happened plenty of times. Not long after that,…
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Letters to the Editor

Doggone It Cute cover, mean story: I picked up SF Weekly when, as a dog lover, the cute dog picture caught my eye. I did not hesitate to start to read the article because…
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News, Feature San Francisco Dog Court

San Francisco Dog Court

The stories you are about to read are strange but true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. Case 1: A Radical Problem This is the city, San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, Jan. 6. 2:05 p.m. It's cold.…
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