A chihuahua was thrown from the seventh story of a parking garage near Union Square on Saturday, allegedly by an auto burglar who stole the dog from a parked vehicle, according to police.
Officers followed a trail of blood from the ransacked vehicle to the ledge where four-year-old Dunky, a black and tan chihuahua, plummeted seven stories down to the corner of Sutter and Stockton streets.
The driver returned to his vehicle at around 2 p.m. when he saw a stranger waiting with his injured dog on the corner.
Police said the man first thought his dog escaped from the vehicle and fell from the parking structure, but then discovered broken glass and blood throughout the vehicle. Someone had gone through the glove compartment.
Police later recovered dash cam footage of the suspect, who they “immediately recognized” as 35-year-old Wakeen Best of San Francisco.
On Sunday, police spotted Best near Polk and Bush streets at around 9:51 a.m. Best was arrested and booked on suspicion of numerous felony and misdemeanor charges, including burglary, animal cruelty and grand theft.
Best was apparently on probation and is suspected of violating a court order.
Animal Care and Control responded to assist Dunky, but the dog died.
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