Dogs involved in attack at Golden Gate Park euthanized

Two dogs that attacked three people in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park earlier this month were put down Thursday, a spokeswoman for the city's Animal Care and Control department said today.

The owner of the dogs never came forward to claim them and, because the animals were considered vicious, they were euthanized, spokeswoman Deb Campbell said.

The attack happened at about 6:40 a.m. on July 1 in the area of John F. Kennedy and Transverse drives, near Lloyd Lake.

A middle-aged man and a 71-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in the attack. A third woman had her clothes torn but wasn't hurt.

Police and animal control officers eventually captured the dogs, a male pit bull and a female mixed-breed shepherd. Police shot at the pit bull, which suffered a bullet wound to its face but survived.

The female dog was not believed to have been involved in the attack and was likely just following the pit bull, police said.

Campbell said officials held the dogs for 10 days to make sure they didn't have rabies since their immunization history was unknown.

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