The man who allegedly stabbed a dog in Fort Funston last year is unlikely to be prosecuted for any crime.
National Park Service Detective Robert Reidy said he submitted the case to federal prosecutors without a recommendation. “There weren’t a lot of witnesses,” Reidy said. “The U.S. attorney doesn’t feel that the case is ready to take to court.”
Federal prosecutors declined to comment about the case, but NPS officials have suggested it is no longer active.
“We gave them the facts, and if they haven’t prosecuted by now, then there’s not too many conclusions you can come to,” Ranger George Durgerian said.
The attack occurred Aug. 19 when a woman was walking her dog Lenny down the Sunset Trail. She told authorities she crossed paths with a man walking a male pit bull mix and asked if it was neutered.
It was not.
She asked the man, who fellow dog walkers have identified as Paul Fadis, to hold his dog while she and Lenny passed. Then she allegedly turned around and saw Lenny covered in blood and Fadis holding a knife. Lenny was hospitalized and required surgery, but is alive and well today.
Meanwhile, Fadis fled and “lawyered up,” NPS officials said. After investigators spoke to his lawyer, he was not charged with any crime.
In October, The City’s Animal Care and Control visited his home to determine whether his dog was neutered. It is illegal to have a male pit bull that is not neutered in San Francisco.
“The house was totally packed up,” animal agency spokeswoman Rebecca Katz said. “He was moving to Sacramento.”
The City’s dog-walking community is not pleased with the case’s slow pace.
“There are no consequences and it just seems so unfair to me,” said Nancy Stafford, a friend of Lenny’s owner and co-director of the San Francisco Professional Dogwalkers Association. “If you can’t get a mark on your belt for a win, then you’re going to ignore this incident?”
Former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said it is unusual that the NPS did not make any recommendations and surprising that the case has taken this long with no resolution.
“My experience is they usually have an opinion on these things,” Ryan said. “I would want to know the opinion of the investigating officer.”
Ryan explained that since federal officials are not specifically saying the case is closed, then an arrest might be forthcoming or prosecutors might send NPS officials out for further investigation.
Correction: This article was corrected on March 17, 2011. The article originally missidentified the area of which Fort Funston is part. The name of the area is the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.