Fate of pit bull in park attack deferred until Sunday 

A death sentence for the pit bull that attacked visitors of Golden Gate Park will not be handed down until at least Sunday, as Animal Care and Control officials say they need to test the dog for rabies.

No one had come forward to claim the unattended pooch as of Wednesday, ACC spokeswoman Deb Campbell said. It has been a week since the dog’s vicious attack rattled the nerves of parkgoers and hospitalized two people, including a 71-year-old woman.

A third person was attacked but escaped injury.

A second unattended dog, a female mixed-breed that was believed to have been with the pit bull but not involved in the attack, is also in custody of Animal Care and Control and faces a similar fate if unclaimed.

In all likelihood, the pit bull will be euthanized after Sunday, a police official with the department’s vicious and dangerous animals unit said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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