SFPD is searching for a dog killer and mugger who robbed a woman in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district on Friday, December 28, 2012 at approximately 5:00pm when she pulled over near Leavenworth Street to find her cell phone. A man approached her when she was near her car and demanded money. The woman had $5 in her pocket but when the man spotted her 12-year-old Pekingese he yelled that he would kill her dog.
“He grabbed me by my collar and pushed me toward the car and said ‘Give me all your f-ing money,'” recalled the female victim. “With one hand he had me by my collar and with the other he was digging through my pockets.”
When the man, described as black, 6’1″, clean cut, and in his 20’s, saw the small dog, named Roxie, he screamed, “I’m going to kill your f-ing dog.” He proceeded to pick up Roxie and then threw her onto the pavement.
“She landed next to a car tire that was parked and she screamed,” said the victim. “I ran toward her and I literally had to pull her and drag her from underneath the tire. When I pulled her out, her right eye was (hurt) and she wasn’t moving and she couldn’t stand. And she was screaming.”
Nearby witnesses who saw the incident called Police who arrived on the scene and allowed the victim to take Roxie to an emergency vet hospital on Alabama and 18th Street. Unfortunately Roxie had to be put to sleep because her injuries.
“They told me that she was in critical condition and she was not going to be well because of (damage to) her leg, her pelvis and her eye was going to get removed. I had to put her under.”
The victim called Roxie her best friend and had owned her for two years. So far, Police have not been able to generate any leads. If found, the man could also face felony animal cruelty charges in addition to the robbery.
Tips that will lead to an arrest can be called in to SFPD at (415) 575-4444 or via text to TIP411 with a message containing “SFPD”.
“I just want someone to say something and that’s it,” said the heartbroken owner. “We don’t need your phone number, your name, nothing. We just want someone to speak up. I want justice. He killed my dog on purpose.”
Op-Ed: There was no reason to kill the dog which makes this crime even more heinous. The Tenderloin is one of San Francisco’s more seedy neighborhoods but the attack on the dog is not only heartbreaking but an indication of just how dangerous some criminals are. Crimes such as this has me thinking that every pet owner should take up Krav Maga. Too bad there weren’t two personal protection dogs nearby or in the car with Roxie.