Details emerge about couple who allegedly fled the scene after their dog bit 3-year-old boy in S.F.
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Details emerge about couple who allegedly fled the scene after their dog bit 3-year-old boy in S.F.

We have more details about a dog bite incident in Cow Hollow last month that left a little boy injured and now fearful of dogs, and a couple who left the scene without providing any information.

The incident occurred on May 22 at 2700 Lombard Street in San Francisco, near the Presidio. Surveillance video originally obtained by ABC 7 shows the unleashed white husky mix jumping out from where he was sitting with his owners in a restaurant parking lot or patio. A three-year-old boy walking with his nanny came around the corner and passed the parking lot, and the dog apparently spotted the boy and aggressively chased him, knocking him to the ground.

The boy suffered a fairly serious but not life-threatening bite to his arm.

According to reports, the couple returned to the table to finish eating and allegedly claimed they did not speak English as they left the scene with their dog. Legally, ABC 7 reports, they were required to give their names and addresses to the victim, in this case the nanny.

As ABC 7 reports later in the article, the couple was found within about a day of the incident. The boy’s mother, who prefers to remain anonymous, thanks the station for putting pressure on SFPD, saying: “I don’t think something like this would happen (ed.). “I don’t think we would have been able to track down the owners” without media attention.

The San Francisco Police Department was able to track down the couple after the first episode of ABC 7 aired on June 5. On May 23, the boy’s parents filed a police report.

According to KRON4, further steps in the case will now be determined at the hearing, and if it turns out that the dog has repeatedly behaved aggressively, an euthanasia order may be issued.

The SFPD’s Dangerous and Dangerous Dogs Unit reportedly investigates 600-800 such incidents annually.

According to reports, the couple, who have not been publicly identified, received two sentences on charges of failing to report a dog bite to Animal Control and failing to provide information after the bite.

Virginia Donohue, executive director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, called the incident “horrific” and told ABC 7: “This whole thing could have been prevented if the dog had been on a leash. We have a leash law on this. city. The dog should be on a leash.