A good Samaritan who was arrested while trying to help a dying dog was acquitted Thursday, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton said.
Jonathan Krull, 38, was acquitted on a single count of misdemeanor battery. The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes, Public Defender Scott Grant said.
Krull was arrested in February in an incident outside a Walgreens at Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, when he reported seeing an extremely sick dog lying on the sidewalk surrounded by several people, Aparton said. He approached the group and was ultimately involved in an altercation with the dog’s owner, a 33-year-old woman with convictions for drugs and burglary, the Public Defender’s Office said. The dog later died.
The altercation escalated to the point where two male passersby thought Krull was attacking the woman so they tackled and choked him, Aparton said. When police arrived Krull was handcuffed and arrested.
“Mr. Krull was trying to be a good Samaritan and was rewarded with being choked and arrested,” Grant said.
Witnesses testified that Krull never hit the dog owner and the dog owner’s testimony itself was suspect, Grant said.
“She simply was not credible,” Grant said. “Her story on the stand was very different from every witness account.”