SFPD Declares Two Dogs In Huntington Park Attack 'Not Vicious and Dangerous'

Not the dog in question...
San Francisco Police Sergeant Bill Herndon says he has opted not to seek punishment for two off-leash dogs allegedly involved in an incident that left 74-year-old Nob Hill resident Marion Cope severely wounded.

Following a hearing of the SFPD's Vicious and Dangerous Animals Unit earlier this month -- a proceeding better known as "dog court" -- Herndon says that pooches Frank and Tundra, identified as having swarmed around Cope prior to the alleged attack, have not been deemed vicious and dangerous.

Other off-leash dogs were involved as well, but police investigators were not able to find them, Herndon said. The exact circumstances of how Cope sustained a 10-inch gash to her leg remain a mystery, though police, Cope, and Cope's doctor have said the wound was caused by a dog bite.

The incident in Huntington Park, where it is illegal to run dogs off-leash, reignited a dormant battle in San Francisco over canine control and leash laws. The uproar culminated in a packed neighborhood meeting late last month, where Board of Supervisors President David Chiu proposed a task force to deal with the issue.

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