Kim Ferguson, Owner of Slain Poodle, Wants Canine Assailant Put Down

Categories: Animals, Crime
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Courtesy Kim Ferguson
Dijon
Angst over San Francisco's poorly enforced dog-leash laws was revived last week when a poodle was allegedly killed by an out-of-control mastiff in Huntington Park. Police continue to search for the owner of the dog that was running off-leash when it attacked and killed Dijon (pictured at right).

Now the owner of the deceased pup says the only appropriate form of justice for the park's canine aggressor is the most severe: The dog should be confiscated by animal control authorities and put down, according to Nob Hill resident Kim Ferguson.

"It's a concern for me, and for other dog owners and people with children," Ferguson tells SF Weekly. "I was hoping that the dog would be put down for such a vicious attack."

Ferguson says she was disappointed to read comments made by San Francisco Police Officer John Denny, who handles investigations of dangerous dogs, to the San Francisco Examiner on Friday. The newspaper reported that Denny said "it's extremely rare for a dog to be put down after one such attack," and that he would likely recommend simply muzzling the dog and training it better.

Ferguson says Denny assured her the dog who killed her poodle would be put down if found: "He said the dog would be put down. That's what he told me."

Denny did not respond to calls for comment.

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Ferguson says she snapped this photo on her phone of the dog that killed Dijon -- and its owner
It's the second time in just over two years that a brutal dog attack in Huntington Park has stirred outrage among those who say the city's enforcement of its leash laws is too lax. All dogs are supposed to be leashed at Huntington Park, but owners often flout the law.

As SF Weekly first reported, in November 2009 Nob Hill resident Marion Cope sustained a leg injury during an alleged attack by four off-leash dogs while walking her Irish terrier, Clancy. Two of the dogs involved were later deemed not vicious and dangerous by the SFPD Vicious and Dangerous Animals Unit.

The 2009 incident provoked a large neighborhood meeting and promises to crack down on off-leash dogs, but Ferguson says little has changed. "It's completely ridiculous," she says. "In three years, I've never seen a police officer" enforcing leash laws at Huntington Park.

Ferguson says she took this photo of the dog who killed Dijon, and its owner -- who she says fled the scene without talking to her after the attack as she tended to her dog.

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Training Dog on Leash
Training Dog on Leash

Every human are subjects to their deeds . Why too rude .? Thanks for this share . : ))

Training Leash
Training Leash

That can't help even . Thanks for the share . :)

Training Leash
Training Leash

Poor dog . I sympathy to the owner . So sorry to know this . :(

Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams

The issue is that the person walking the dog wasn't actually the owner. 

Pookumpossum
Pookumpossum

i think its really sad what happened to your dog, but who really is at fault is the owner...that dog may be forced be brutal.....the owner is a irresponsible person, who has not socialised his dog...........the owner should know better, to have his dog on a lead in a public place. The park should have its own patrols to ensure people and animal safety, 

Laird
Laird

The mastiff's owner should be heavily fined and should perform community services relevant to the seriousness and nature of the alleged crime -- like poop patrol in the park and monitoring off-leashers for the neighborhood and SFPD.  

Biggredd45
Biggredd45

Are you serious ? Why isn't anyone asking what the little dog did to provoke the big dog ?

Opalmtw24
Opalmtw24

Poop patrol for sure and probably sensitivity training all while wearing a leash around her neck. How could she flee the scene and leave that poor little dog there with its distraught owner. I don't think that her dog should be euthanised before it is evaluated more.  It definitely should be taken away from her.

Melody McAllister Novellino
Melody McAllister Novellino

Dogs off leash is one of my pet peeves. I live in the Presidio and we have had numerous dogs charge our mini dachshund in our own back yard. We have had to install a small gated area so that she is safe. Not to mention the owners that let their dogs defecate and not pick it up or the dog walkers that Ive seen lose their clients dogs. There are leash laws for a reason. 

Biggredd45
Biggredd45

As you can tell from the picture the dog was on leash & isn't a mastiff.

Alexandra Dixon
Alexandra Dixon

I feel so sorry for Dijon's owner.  I can't imagine too many things more horrible than seeing my beloved dog being brutally killed in front of me, and then to have the other owner flee... If you're reading this, Ms. Ferguson, please accept my sympathy.

Anon
Anon

I want people on death row put down too, but that ain't happening either.

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