The more than $9,000 bill to house and care for the American Staffordshire terrier that attacked a U.S. Park Police horse last summer will be split between the dog’s former owner and San Francisco.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins said the costs should be split between David Gizzarelli and San Francisco, considering that Gizzarelli has no means of paying — despite raising roughly $17,000 through online contributions to help save Charlie the dog. Read More
The owner of an American Staffordshire terrier that attacked a U.S. Park Patrol police horse in Crissy Field last summer was required to file statements Thursday to determine financial responsibility for the dog’s care, but the documents submitted fail to provide that information. Read More
San Francisco International Airport activity is at a record high — a recent report says more than 44 million people traveled through the hub last year. As a supervisor in 1977, Harvey Milk objected to SFO expansion, so he might not be pleased with this frenetic pace. Read More
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
Although I’ve owned dogs for 36 years, I must confess that Charlie the dog’s story sounds a lot like “blaming the victim” — both the horse and the officer.
A dog that is not aggressive does not run up to a horse and bite. The public needs to be protected. Per the reports, the owner blames the officer. This is not reassuring.
Others could have been hurt, and frankly, Charlie could have been shot when the attack happened.
My sympathies to all. Read More
The fate of Charlie — the American Staffordshire terrier on death row for attacking a police horse five months ago — has been extended until Jan. 11, when a U.S. District Court will take up the case.
Meanwhile, the City Attorney’s Office offered to have Charlie transferred to a rescue organization so long as his owner gives up custody.
Sure, guns are a big part of the problem, but what about the rest of the issue? In the past 20 years, Hollywood has doubled down on violence, yet I don’t see anyone going after the Quentin Tarantinos and Martin Scorseses of the world.
And what about all the violence in teen-directed video games? Just this Christmas season alone, there’s a new addition to the “Assassin’s Creed” and “Call of Duty” series of games. Read More
Charlie the death row dog is the talk of the town, but the American Staffordshire terrier’s victim is mending his wounds and has finally returned to work after more than two months off. 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.