Vicious & dangerous dog hearings ::

A collection of vicious and dangerous dog hearings captured on video or audio. These quasi-judicial hearings often attempt to be less formal, not requiring participants to have an attorney.

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Vicious and Dangerous Dogs Unleashed
San Francisco | 44m

Second installment in a series of three videos by Black Summers Productions, LLC.

This installment focuses on the failure of San Francisco Animal Care and Control to properly manage the risks posed by vicious and dangerous dogs in the city. It features parts of hearings and a presentation by John Denny, a veteran Vicious and Dangerous Dog hearing officer.


Lana berman dangerous dog hearing

Dangerous Dog Hearing
May 15, 2019
San Bernardino, California | 28m

On January 16, 2019 Lana Bergman was killed by four pit bulls belonging to two "guests" on her property. After the attack, the owners fought to keep their pit bulls. In May, a Dangerous Dog determination hearing was held. The owners of the pit bulls failed to appear at the hearing.
dangerous dog hearing, pit bull named Joy

Dangerous Dog Hearing
May 30, 2019
San Francisco, California | 31m

The pit bull "Joy" had been the subject of a Vicious and Dangerous Dog hearing in 2017 for an attack, but the complainant failed to appear. At the 2019 hearing, a young woman who was almost killed by the dog testifies about the attack, along with a witness who came to her rescue.


dangerous dog hearing of pit bull named Tank

Dangerous Dog Hearing
March 10, 2016
San Francisco, California | 1:17m

"Tank" the pit bull attacked a trainer at a dog training facility. The hearing that resulted is unusual, as it was brought by San Francisco Animal Care and Control on behalf of the dog, not the human victim. View the attack footage and a partial transcript of this hearing.
pit bull attacks police horse

Dangerous Dog Hearing
August 23, 2012
San Francisco, California | 23m

On August 6, 2012, Officer Eric Evans was on patrol with his horse Stoney when a pit bull named "Charlie" charged and attacked them, taking both the horse and rider down. Stoney then fled with the pit bull in pursuit for 1.6 miles. Listen to Officer Evans' powerful testimony.

Criminal defense attorneys

When defense attorneys are involved, the tone of these administrative hearings shifts dramatically. Defense attorneys do not always help the owner of the accused dog win their case either.

dangerous dog hearing of dogo argentino named Archi

Dangerous Dog Hearing
May 28, 2019
Los Angeles, California | 24mins

In January 2019, an unaltered Dogo argentino named "Archi" escaped its owner's property and brutally attacked a man jogging on Amestoy Avenue. During this appeal hearing, the commissioners tell the defense attorney a number of times, "You are not helping your case."
dangerous dog hearing of American bulldog named Bear

Dangerous Dog Hearing
March 18, 2016
Miami-Dade, Florida | 30 mins

In 2015, three family dogs brutally killed Carmen Reigada, 91. The perpetrators were an American bulldog-mix named "Bear," a Rhodesian ridgeback-mix and a Labrador-shepherd mix. Reigada's great-grandson owned the dogs and appealed the county's ruling to euthanize the dogs.

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