Dog stabbed at park released, suspect ID'd

Police are looking for a man who repeatedly stabbed a dog Thursday at Fort Funston in San Francisco.

August 22, 2010 6:42:05 PM PDT
U.S. park police say they know who stabbed a dog multiple times last Thursday but they have yet to make an arrest.

The dog's owner watched as her pet was viciously attacked at Fort Funston, an area popular for dog walking.

There is a sense of relief among dog owners now that the suspect in the case has been positively identified and an arrest is imminent. Police distributed flies over the weekend showing photos of a dog that resembles the suspect's pit bull.

The flier asked that anyone who knows the owner of a white-faced brindle pit bull come forward. Two people did. Their tips led police to the suspect who they say is a 33-year-old local man.

Police say he stabbed an American bulldog multiple times at Fort Funston after the owner's bulldog's owner asked if the man's pit bull had been neutered. Police say they dog has not.

The bulldog, named "Lenny," returned home Sunday after being at a vet hospital. Those who helped the dog get emergency aid say it appears Lenny will be OK.

"He's back home. He lost his spleen and had some other organ damage," said pet store owner John Sanford. "But, he's a strong and well-cared for dog who gets lots of exercise. So, he has a very good chance of a full recovery."

Police say the U.S. Attorney's Office is trying to figure out what charges are appropriate in this case. They the suspect has an attorney and an arrest could come as early as Monday.


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