Owner sicks dog on man during argument

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.

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