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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Pit Bulls: Protecting Yourself and the Controversial Breed

S.F. Pit Bulls: Protecting Yourself and the Controversial Breed

When angered, pit bulls are powerful and relentless. And even when not angered, they boast impressively strong jaws that you probably don't want clamped down on you. But we humans boast the gift of guile. And, over the years, our…
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News, The Snitch Kim Ferguson, Owner of Slain Poodle, Wants Canine Assailant Put Down

Kim Ferguson, Owner of Slain Poodle, Wants Canine Assailant Put Down

Angst over San Francisco's poorly enforced dog-leash laws was revived last week when a poodle was allegedly killed by an out-of-control mastiff in Huntington Park. Police continue to search for the owner of the dog that was running off-leash when…
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News, The Snitch How to Not Shoot a Dog

How to Not Shoot a Dog

Yesterday, SF Weekly wrote about the sad fate of Knucklehead, Steven Coffman's beloved 2-year-old service dog, which was shot dead by a California Highway Patrol officer. Officer John Denny, the San Francisco Police Department's Vicious and Dangerous Animals Unit, said…
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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 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 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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