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A 20-year-old man was out walking his dog at 3 a.m. today near 22nd and Bartlett streets when two 20-somethings confronted him, according to a police report. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s dog while the other pulled out a knife.

The group argued and then the suspects released the dog and fled on foot. The victim realized quickly that his dog had been stabbed and he rushed it to a nearby hospital where it died of its injuries.

No arrests have been made.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.

Victims of violent crime can contact the Trauma Recover Center at UCSF.

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  1. Dogs, who cares. I hate frickin’ dogs…all they do is shit in front of my sidewalk. Filthy animals. They shouldn’t be domesticated anyways by lonely rich white people seeking to control it for emotional needs. Damn dogs get a better nights sleep and meals than half of America. Ridiculous.

  2. For fuck sake, Suhr, start issuing CCW’s so we can put and end to these endless robberies and muggings. They stabbed the fucking dog????

    1. Yes, that’s insane.

      But walking your dog at 3am? It seems like the vast majority of the crimes that ML reports happen between mid-night and 3am.

      Who the heck are all these people wandering the Mission in the wee small hours? Still, at least it’s good to know how to avoid most of the local street crime.

      1. Umm….maybe a restaurant or bar worker who don’t have anyone else to take their dog out after their 8-hour shift ends at 2am or later? I heard there were one or two places like that in the Bay Area. Not everyone works 9 to 5.

        Warm thoughts for the victim; So sorry for your loss.

        1. No kidding, The streets do not roll up when the sun goes down. Most people have to take out their dog to go to bathroom. I don’t think the dog cares what time it is. I used to work until the wee hours of the nigh and walk my dogs at night. I still would if it were not so dangerous to walk around here at night.