San Francisco Police Shoot, Kill Dog in Potrero Hill

Police said the dog charged toward officers.

By Vince Cestone
|  Sunday, Jan 26, 2014  |  Updated 1:16 PM PDT
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San Francisco Police Shoot, Kill Dog in Potrero Hill

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San Francisco police shot and killed a dog in Potrero Hill Saturday morning.

The shooting happened on the 1000 block of Connecticut Street around 10 a.m. where housing officers were checking for squatters in vacant homes.

When an officer opened the door of an abandoned unit, a dog charged at him. The officer then shot and killed the dog as he was falling, according to police Sgt. Danielle Newman.

Neighbors said the dog named Psycho was well known in the area.

"I feel like he really did need to get shot though because he was a dangerous dog in the neighborhood," neighbor Elizabeth Jamison said.

The dog's owner, who was squatting inside, was arrested for trespassing, according to police. Police also said he could face other charges if they find he unleashed the dog to attack the officers.

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