The dog, Lenny, was released Saturday following surgery at an emergency pet hospital, U.S. Park Police spokesman George Durgerian said. Lenny suffered severe injuries that damaged many of his internal organs after allegedly being stabbed four times by a man with a white-faced brindled pit bull.
The stabbing took place around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Fort Funston, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near Lake Merced. The woman who reported the stabbing to Park Police was walking Lenny near the Sunset Trail when she saw the suspect approach her walking his own dog, Durgerian said.
The man’s dog, believed to be named “Denali,” and Lenny were assuming aggressive stances toward each other, so the woman asked the suspect if the pit bull was neutered, which it is not, police said. The man responded to the question by suddenly stabbing Lenny four times with a knife and fleeing the park, police said.
The attack injured the dog’s spleen and at least one lung, Durgerian said.
A call to the public for help resulted in two people coming forward to identify the man, Durgerian said. The police are withholding the man’s name pending further investigation. The 33-year-old suspect hasn’t been arrested.