Danielle.Walker.mug.jpgOf course you remember last week’s story of Danielle Walker, who was arrested after allegedly throwing a Jack Russell terrier out a third-story window — the story was moving enough to inspire SF Weekly to refer to the suspect as “Really Mean” and to provoke comments like “She should be imprisoned for the rest of her life.” That commenter will be disappointed, however, as the SF DA’s office will not be moving forward with charges against Walker.

As previously reported, SFPD officers responded to a report of animal cruelty in the 100 block of Albion Street, which is between 15th and 16th Streets, on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb 5.

A witness reported seeing 22-year-old Danielle Walker throw a Jack Russell terrier out of a third-floor window, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

The dog’s owner, a man, came outside to retrieve his dog and was confronted by the witness as officers arrived, Manfredi said, after which Walker came out of the building and was identified by the witness as the thrower.

Walker was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of animal cruelty. But the arrest is where Walker’s journey ends — Stephanie Ong Stillman, spokesperson for the SF DA’s office, tells the Appeal that the dog’s owner was uncooperative, and refused to give police a statement.

Because of that, and since they “only had one witness, and all he saw was her hands and arms…that is insufficient evidence, unfortunately.”

Don’t gnash your teeth too much, though: the dog, which was handed over to San Francisco Animal Care and Control after the incident, is in OK shape, and is “staying here to get spayed” says ACC spokesperson Deb Campbell.

After that, the dog will not be returned to the statement-refusing owner. Instead, it will be “released to a new home, out of county, that’s considered a safer environment,” Campbell told the Appeal.

“if (the dog) did fall, that won’t happen again.”

Photo of Danielle Walker: SFPD

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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 eve@sfappeal.com.

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