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Friday, February 19, 2010

SFPD Declares Two Dogs In Huntington Park Attack 'Not Vicious and Dangerous'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Not the dog in question...
  • Not the dog in question...
San Francisco Police Sergeant Bill Herndon says he has opted not to seek punishment for two off-leash dogs allegedly involved in an incident that left 74-year-old Nob Hill resident Marion Cope severely wounded.

Following a hearing of the SFPD's Vicious and Dangerous Animals Unit earlier this month -- a proceeding better known as "dog court" -- Herndon says that pooches Frank and Tundra, identified as having swarmed around Cope prior to the alleged attack, have not been deemed vicious and dangerous.

Other off-leash dogs were involved as well, but police investigators were not able to find them, Herndon said. The exact circumstances of how Cope sustained a 10-inch gash to her leg remain a mystery, though police, Cope, and Cope's doctor have said the wound was caused by a dog bite.

The incident in Huntington Park, where it is illegal to run dogs off-leash, reignited a dormant battle in San Francisco over canine control and leash laws. The uproar culminated in a packed neighborhood meeting late last month, where Board of Supervisors President David Chiu proposed a task force to deal with the issue.

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