Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Off-Leash Pit Bull in SF

A sad story in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle:

A judge has dropped a felony charge against a San Jose man whose pit bull badly injured a neighbor last year as he tried to protect his dog, authorities said Tuesday.

Ivan Batinich, 22, had been charged with allowing a vicious animal to be at large. Judge Jerome Brock of Santa Clara County Superior Court dismissed the case last month, saying there was not enough evidence to prove Batinich knew his dog was dangerous.

The incident happened April 11 as Steve Belsley, 57, was walking his Shiba Inu dog, Bella, in south San Jose.

Batinich's pit bull, a 10-month-old un-neutered male named Brutus, was running loose and attacked Belsley and Bella, authorities said. Belsley picked up his dog to protect it and was bitten more than 20 times.

Bella ran off and still hasn't been found. Batinich's pit bull has been euthanized.

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Meanwhile, in Brooklyn's Prospect Park this morning, Marcia was reported on Lookout Hill at 9 A.M. with her two unleashed dogs. Lookout Hill is often the first stop in the park for nocturnal migrant birds in the spring. These birds have begun to appear, and given Marcia's track record in letting her dogs attack small animals, it is no surprise to find her there.

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