Terror on a Leash

A grisly dog attack leaves a city shaken, and mulling a hard question: Should the owners be prosecuted?

If St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, had walked the streets of the city that bears his name last week, he might have been the only pedestrian untroubled by the pets that until now were treated better here than in most American cities. "People are crossing the street to avoid dogs and phoning up to ask, 'Are my children safe?'" says Jean Donaldson, behavior and training director at San Francisco's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So many hundreds have called that Donaldson is busily arranging town-hall meetings on how to protect yourself from dog attack (roll into...

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