Owner sicks dog on man during argument

The dog was seized by Animal Care and Control for its part in the incident.

The dog was seized by Animal Care and Control for its part in the incident.

Who’s the real animal here?

Douglas James Burrows, 26, of San Francisco, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly sicking his leashed mastiff on a 55-year-old man during a broad-daylight attack in the Tenderloin on Sunday.

About 4:15 p.m., police said, officers responded to Eddy Street between Larkin and Polk streets and found the victim beaten and suffering from a dog bite on his hand. His injuries, however, are not life-threatening.

The victim told police he often hangs out on the block and got into an argument with Burrows as Burrows was walking his dog. The reason for the argument is unclear, police Officer Albie Esparza said, but the victim said he was called a derogatory name.

The victim said he attempted to walk away from the argument, but Burrows attacked him from behind, kicking him numerous times, Esparza said.

“The suspect then ordered his dog to attack him,” Esparza said. “The dog bit the victim one time on the hand.”

Burrows then walked away with his dog, but the fight was not over. The victim threw a rock at Burrows, Esparza said, which prompted Burrows to again kick the victim multiple times.

Burrows fled, but was later located after police interviewed witnesses at the scene.

“The dog was seized by Animal Care and Control,” Esparza said.

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsSan FranciscoTenderloin

Just Posted

A large crack winds its way up a sidewalk along China Basin Street in Mission Bay on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s sinking sidewalks: Is climate change to blame?

‘In the last couple months, it’s been a noticeable change’

For years, Facebook employees have identified serious harms and proposed potential fixes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have rejected the remedies, causing whisteblowers to multiple. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)
Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers

Whistleblowers multiply, but Zuckerberg and Sandberg don’t heed their warnings

Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25. (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)
Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

‘The U.S. gets a D- when it comes to testing’

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led a late-game comeback against the Packers, but San Francisco lost, 30-28, on a late field goal. (Courtesy of San Francisco 49ers)
The Packers beat the Niners in a heartbreaker: Don’t panic

San Francisco is no better and no worse than you thought they were.

A new ruling will thwart the growth of solar installation companies like Luminalt, which was founded in an Outer Sunset garage and is majority woman owned. (Philip Cheung, New York Times)
A threat to California’s solar future and diverse employment pathways

A new ruling creates barriers to entering the clean energy workforce

Most Read