San Francisco police shot and wounded a tan pit bull that had attacked a family in Bernal Heights on Wednesday, police said.
The family was not injured and the pooch, which police say charged at a cop, is expected to survive the shooting in the 200 block of Andover Street.
Police responded to a call about a vicious dog around 9:25 a.m. They interviewed several people living in the same building about the dog, including a woman who said it had attacked members of her family and a man who said the pooch had been a problem before and was not properly handled by its owner, police said.
While the officers interviewed the building’s owner, the pit bull’s owner emerged from his home. Officers asked the suspect to put a leash on the dog, but he refused, police said. The dog began acting aggressively toward the officers, then charged at both a cop and the property owner. The cop shot at the dog, police said.
San Francisco Animal Care & Control took the dog into custody. The department’s Vicious and Dangerous Dog Unit responded and is investigating the incident.