Dog attacks security guard inside San Francisco library
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog attacked and injured a security guard who was trying to help his unresponsive owner inside San Francisco’s main library, public library officials said.
Three guards went to see the owner on Sunday after he was found slumped in front of a computer kiosk with his dog next to him, officials said in a statement. The animal was barking and was not on a leash. He then lunged at one of the guards, bit his arm and wouldn’t let go, dragging him to the ground, officials said.
Video posted on social media shows the guard beating the dog with his baton while he was on the ground and a colleague pepper spraying the animal, who would not let go of the guard’s arm.
The guard was taken to hospital for treatment and is recovering from his injuries, they said. Officials did not describe the extent of the guard’s injuries or whether he remains hospitalized. They did not immediately respond to an Associated Press email Wednesday seeking further comment.
The dog’s owner was eventually woken up by another library patron and he was able to take control of the dog, which he believed was a service animal, according to library officials.
“The client was uncooperative and argued with staff after the incident,” he said.
The dog’s owner has been cited by the Sheriff’s Department, and the dog has been removed by Animal Control and is in their custody. The animal will remain under observation for 10 days, as required by state law, to ensure it does not have rabies, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Library officials said while the attack was an isolated incident, they are reviewing the library’s service animal policy and seeking additional resources for its security staff to help defuse the aggressive behavior. dogs.
“The safety of our customers and staff is of the utmost importance, and we are doing everything we can to ensure this never happens again,” they said.