Golden Gate Park Female Dog.jpgAfter two dogs were captured after attacked three people, injuring two in Golden Gate Park this morning, the question I’ve heard again and again is “were these strays”? According to a spokesperson from SF’s Animal Care and Controls, however, both were wearing harnesses but had neither identifying microchips nor tags. They both appeared to be in good health, ACC says.

According to a release sent by the ACC this afternoon, one of the dogs, which they describe as “an un-spayed female shepherd mix,” was not thought by officials to have been responsible for the bites. “The second dog, an un-neutered adult male pit
bull implicated in the bites, was shot in the face by the San Francisco Police Department before being restrained by Animal Control Officers.”

The injured dog is being treated at Pets Unlimited (does this need a disclosure? Just in case you care: all my pets go there, and I’m a donor when I have money, which I have not for a long time), which contracts with the ACC. Reportedly, their vets were able to stop the bleeding from the gunshot wound, but were not able to take the bullet out of the dog. The animal is being held for observation overnight.

So, on to the stray question: ACC, SFPD, and Park Police ” have been patrolling Golden Gate Park today, searching for the owner(s) of the dogs and any other potentially dangerous dogs at large” says the ACC’s statement. Anyone with information about the dogs – or a possible owner(s) – should call Animal Care & Control at 415-554-9400.

Photo of un-spayed female shepherd mix: SF ACC

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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