You saw it here first: Aggressive Panhandler, Dead Dog Afternoon 12.01.09

A San Francisco police officer fatally shot a dog this week in the city’s Panhandle park area, police said.

Officers responded to the 1700 block of Oak Street just before 1 p.m. Tuesday after complaints of homeless people loitering in the area and dogs fighting, police said.

Police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said officers found two dogs that were not leashed and there were concerns they might attack someone in the area.

Animal control officers were called, but before they could respond, one of the dogs, a mixed breed, started to attack one of the police officers, Mariles said.

Per policy, Mariles said, the officer had to discharge his firearm and struck the dog. The other dog, also a mixed breed, then began attacking the shot dog, which later died, he said.

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