Police on scene at Cesar Chavez and South Van Ness. Photo by Ben Paviour.

A couple in their 40s camping on the sidewalk at Cesar Chavez and South Van Ness were stabbed by a suspect in his 50s Monday around 5 p.m. The woman was stabbed in the bicep and abdomen and the man was stabbed multiple times in the torso, according to police. Friends and witnesses say the the couple also had a pitbull with them that their assailant also attacked.

As of Thursday, both the man and woman remain in serious condition, according to neighbors. The dog is reportedly still being treated for her wounds, but as a pitbull yet to be neutered friends are worried she’ll be put down. Neighbors and friends of the couple only knew them by their aliases Weasel and Cass. Their dog was Maria.

“It all happened in a matter of less than five minutes and then it was done” said a friend of the couple, who asked to be called Frosty. “There was blood everywhere.”

Abdo Nagi, who works at Vic’s Grocery Store on the corner of 26th and South Van Ness, described a frightening scene following the incident. A bystander came in carrying the pitbull, who had stab wounds all over her body, into the store seeking help.

“They put the dog up on the counter and when it started bleeding I called the police,” said Nagi.

On Wednesday evening, officers arrested 51-year-old Gilbert Martin Rodriguez, the suspect believed to have attacked the couple and their dog. Martin Rodriguez was booked on charges of attempted murder and animal cruelty.

Friends say Weasel is well known in the Mission, and has lived in the neighborhood his entire life.

“He was a good dude, honorable, you can always depend on him for anything,” said a friend who asked to be call Brillo.

“He has a lot of friends in this neighborhood, so this is a big day,” said another friend. “They were both two good people.”

Weasel and Cass, who friends say also grew up in the Mission, had been together for several years and were living in her house in Portola Valley until it caught fire about three years ago. Since then, they had been spending most nights on the street.

Friends weren’t sure what might have motivated the stabbing or who perpetrated it, but they speculated it had to do with a minor dispute the couple had with another group of people living on the street.

“That dog is a good dog,” said Brillo regarding Maria.

Both victims are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital, where police say they’re expected to survive from their injuries.

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

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

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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  1. I would like to know how i can help them they are GREAT PEOPLE their dog is the sweetest i cant believe that someone would hurt them.

  2. In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

    The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff
    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
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    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

    All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
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    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
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    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming
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    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,314 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,672 (68%) were pit bulls; 570 were Rottweilers; 4,524 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 594 human fatalities, 309 were killed by pit bulls; 90 were killed by Rottweilers; 442 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,201 people who were disfigured, 2,289 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 356 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,773 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

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