Stray Dogs Attack 2 in San Francisco: Cops

Thursday, Jul 1, 2010  |  Updated 3:47 PM PDT
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Stray Dogs Attack 2 in San Francisco: Cops

Associated Press

Police say two dogs on the loose bit people near Golden Gate Park.

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A man and woman were hospitalized after being attacked by dogs in  San Francisco's Golden Gate Park early this morning, a police spokesman said.

Police received a 911 call at 6:40 a.m. about a dog attack in the  area of John F. Kennedy and Transverse drives, near Lloyd Lake.

Initial reports were that two dogs attacked three people, injuring  a 71-year-old woman and a middle-aged man, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Police responded and administered medical aid until an ambulance  arrived, he said. The two injured victims were taken to local hospitals with  injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The third victim, a female, had her clothing torn in the attack  but was unhurt, Esparza said.

One of the dogs was captured near Lloyd Lake. That dog, a female  believed to be a mixed-breed shepherd, was taken into the custody of San  Francisco Animal Care and Control, according to Rebecca Katz, the  department's executive director.

The second dog, a male pit bull, was shot at by police officers  who used guns and a non-lethal, extended-range bean bag weapon, Esparza said.

That dog suffered a bullet wound to its face and was being treated  at Pets Unlimited, a local veterinary hospital that does contract work for  Animal Care and Control, Katz said.

Veterinarians 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, she said.

No one has come forward yet to claim ownership of the dogs, which  both had harnesses but no microchips or tags, Katz said.

If no one comes forward after five days, the animals will become  the property of the department, she said. If that happens, "then we will make  a decision about what to do" with them, she said.

Katz said the female dog, which is about two to three years old  and in good health, is not believed to be the attacker, and was merely  following the male dog.

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