- A security guard at the San Francisco Main Library was attacked by a pit bull as he tried to administer Narcan to its unresponsive owner on Sunday
- The dog ‘wouldn’t let [security guards] near the man, and pulled one guard down to the ground by his arm, shaking it violently
- Three security guards tussled with the animal to make it loosen its grip
- The dog’s owner remained unresponsive during the attack until he was woken by a bystander, and was ‘argumentative and uncooperative’ with staff
- The security guard has been hospitalized with ‘severe injuries,’ and the nine-year-old neutered male pit bull, Dorje, has been surrendered to animal control
- The attack comes after Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin neighborhood for opioid usage
- The rise in overdose deaths San Francisco over the last decade has given the city the highest per-capita death rate throughout the state of California
- Meanwhile, crime was up 12 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, with larcenies seeing the largest increase
A library security guard was attacked by a dog while trying to administer Narcan to its unresponsive owner in San Francisco Sunday – as crime and fatal overdoses in the city continue to surge.
Security guards at the city’s Main Library noticed the man slumped over a computer kiosk around 5.40 pm with his dog repeatedly barking beside him. Kate Patterson, a spokesperson for the library, said the dog ‘was not on a leash and was exhibiting aggressive behavior.’
When the guards approached the man to determine if he had overdosed on opioids and needed Narcan, the dog ‘would not let them near him,’ Patterson told KTVU.