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 it attacked and killed Dijon (pictured at right).
Now the owner of the deceased pup says the only appropriate form of justice for the park's canine aggressor is the most severe: The dog should be confiscated by animal control authorities and put down, according to Nob Hill resident Kim Ferguson.
"It's a concern for me, and for other dog owners and people with children," Ferguson tells SF Weekly. "I was hoping that the dog would be put down for such a vicious attack."
Ferguson says she was disappointed to read comments made by San Francisco Police Officer John Denny, who handles investigations of dangerous dogs, to the San Francisco Examiner on Friday. The newspaper reported that Denny said "it's extremely rare for a dog to be put down after one such attack," and that he would likely recommend simply muzzling the dog and training it better.
Ferguson says Denny assured her the dog who killed her poodle would be put down if found: "He said the dog would be put down. That's what he told me."
Denny did not respond to calls for comment.