A pit bull that was being used to illegally breed other dogs for sale and probably living in a homeless encampment bit three people in Golden Gate Park Thursday morning. It was grazed in the face by a bullet before police captured it, and is in serious condition.
The attack happened around 6:30 a.m. near Transverse and John F. Kennedy drives when three people, two women and a man, were approached by the pit bull and what appeared to be a female mix dog, according to Animal Care and Control.
Two of the three people attacked were probably walking with dogs, ACC spokeswoman Rebecca Katz said, which might have provoked them.
A woman suffered from a bite wound that cut to the bone, and was taken to the hospital with the man, who sustained leg wounds, while the second woman was treated at the scene.
When law enforcement arrived, the female dog, wearing a harness but with no license, was scared and retreated to a pond.
The male pit bull however was aggressive, and was shot twice with nonlethal beanbags, Officer John Denny said.
“He just shrugged them off,” Denny said.
Police grazed the male dog’s face with a bullet, and both dogs were ultimately captured with a noose pole.
The pit bull is in emergency care and will need surgery to stop its face from bleeding and may not survive. If the owners do not come forward, both dogs may be humanely killed, Denny said.
Officers found a homeless encampment close to the attack that was abandoned but had a fresh water bowl.
Denny said the pit bull was not neutered, and that the two dogs likely a breeding couple, even though non-neutered pit bulls are illegal in The City, he said.
“Police are definitely paying more attention to Haight Street dogs today,” he said.