Wait time runs out for dogs in attack 

It could be the day of reckoning for the two dogs involved in attacks on three people in Golden Gate Park on July 1 — and the future for one appears bleak.

The two dogs, an unaltered male pit bull and a female mixed breed, have been in Animal Care and Control custody since the incident, which left two of the people with bite wounds.

As of Monday, no one had come forward to claim the dogs, according to Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Deb Campbell. Both were likely owned by transients.

The question now is whether to euthanize the animals, Campbell said. They received an extended lease on life due to a legally mandated 10-day observation period that ended Sunday.

The pit bull, whice police said has been part of an illegal breeding ring, is the prime suspect in the case. Police said his chances of survival are slim.

Officials are still looking into whether the mixed breed, who birthed puppies within the past year, participated in the attacks, Campbell said. Initial reports said only the pit bull was the aggressor.

“There’s various reports, and we need to clear it up,” Campbell said.

If the female dog is cleared of responsibility and found to be behaviorally sound, she could be offered to a rescue group. However, such groups may not want a dog with a criminal record, Campbell said.

The attack was one of two recent incidents that sparked increased concern about the park’s homeless population. Days later, a transient fatally stabbed another transient in the park.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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