It's long been a personal nightmare to have that mellow-looking dog on Haight Street suddenly lunge for my throat, and it played out for one unlucky cop (and canine) yesterday afternoon. While attempting to rouse a drunken man sleeping in Golden Gate Park, an officer ran afoul of the man's dog, a 2-year-old unspayed female pit mix named Janaai. The dog broke free of her leash and bit the officer in the leg. The officer then shot the animal and killed her.
Janaai had previously been under the care of Animal Care and Control when the dog's owner spent a few weeks in jail, and by all accounts she was well-behaved in the kennel setting. No word on why the dog may have attacked the officer, who went to the hospital to have the bite wound treated.