As the saying goes, if you love something, set it free.
The story of Charlie the death row dog has become an international sensation ever since the young American Staffordshire terrier was condemned for attacking a U.S. Park Police horse in August. Many folks have come to the defense of Charlie — and his owner — because the Crissy Field incident was the first documented incident in which the dog behaved in such a way. Supporters are confident that their outrage is justified. Read More
Animal advocate groups believe Charlie’s owner is irresponsible and should give up custody in order to spare the American Staffordshire terrier from his death sentence.
Richard Rosenthal, legal counsel for The Lexus Project, a nonprofit aimed at protecting animals and not owners, spoke with KGO radio’s Tim Montemayor on Sunday about Charlie and his owner, David Gizzarelli. Read More
The owner of San Francisco’s death row dog, Charlie, says he will fight a decision issued late Monday night to go through with euthanizing the American Staffordshire terrier.
“I’m devastated,” David Gizzarelli said. “There seems to be a lot of bad things going on.”
But new information obtained by The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday shows that Charlie has not been a model pooch.
Nicole Macias is one of tens of thousands of pet owners who has been touched by the story of Charlie, the San Francisco dog now on death row. During his incarceration, Charlie has made more human friends than he will ever know, including Macias. By Monday night, more than 90,000 people had signed an online petition at www.Causes.com to free Charlie, and the City Attorney’s Office’s Facebook page had been inundated with comments from around the world seeking his release. Read More
A man was arrested Monday after his off-leash pit bull attacked a U.S. Park Police officer and his horse in Crissy Field.
The dog was barking at the officer and his horse while they were on a routine patrol near the West Bluff area of Crissy Field, said National Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt. The officer asked the man to control his pit bull, but he did not comply. Read More
After all the fuss, a Telegraph Hill burglary suspect who had refused to come down from a steep hillside – leading to a more than 24-hour-long standoff with San Francisco police – has apparently gotten away. Read More
At least two witnesses at Fort Funston identified a frequent dog walker as the man who stabbed a pooch four times, but the U.S. Park Police has yet to make an arrest.
Last weekend, a tight-knit dog-walking community spread the story of a woman whose dog Lenny survived at least four stab wounds, but had to have his spleen removed. And at least one of the dog’s lungs was punctured, police said. Read More