Another Pregnant Woman Threatened by Pit Bull
San Francisco, CA - For the second time in two days, a "pit bull terrorizing a pregnant woman" has occurred. On Monday, a 50-pound male pit bull terrier was shot by an off-duty San Francisco police officer as it terrorized a pregnant San Joaquin Place resident.
Emma Mesenburg, who is six months pregnant, was raking leaves in her back yard with her two young daughters in tow when a neighbor’s pit bull escaped from behind a fence and entered her yard. After being cornered by the barking pit bull for 10-15 seconds, she called on one of her neighbors, an off-duty SFPD officer, for help.
The officer assisted Mesenburg and called 9-1-1 to got help from Novato police. The officer also distracted the dog, allowing Mesenburg to escape into her home. The pit bull, identified as Hyphe, lunged at the officer as he was attempting to retreat. The officer fired his weapon once, grazing Hyphe in the face.
Prior this incident there had been complaints about the dog and another pit bull living at the same residence. The complaint made it all the way to Marin County Superior Court. Yet the complaining party did not show up. DogsBite.org speculates this is because pit bull owners often harass and intimidate victims.
Officer Machado, who helped Mesenburg in this instance, drives home a very important point:
Anyone who feels that there is a potentially dangerous animal in their neighborhood should call the humane society and file an official complaint. In order for an animal to be considered “potentially dangerous,” two encounters must have occurred within a 36-month period."