SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A library security guard was attacked by a pit bull earlier in January after the owner of the dog, who claimed the animal was a “service dog,” had fallen asleep in the library. Security staff suspected he may have passed out due to drug use.
Yet when the guards tried to render aid to the dog’s owner, this purported service dog viciously attacked one of the guards, resulting in serious injuries.
The incident occurred on January 16th at the San Francisco Public Library, with San Francisco City Librarian Michael Lambert explaining the incident transpired roughly “20 minutes before closing on Sunday at our main library.”
As security staff at the library were making the rounds, they’d happened upon a man who was reportedly unconscious at one of the computer desks, while his pit bull was roaming around freely in the library.
When the guards tried waking up the individual, he was apparently not waking up, leading the guards to suspect that his unconscious state may have been drug-induced. As the guards were considering whether or not to administer Narcan to the individual, the dog launched the attack on one of the guards.
Two additional guards tried pulling off the animal but were unable to. Sometime thereafter, the owner of the animal was able to regain consciousness and through the combined efforts of all present, they were able to get the pit bull under control.
Animal Control reportedly took the dog into custody whereas the dog’s owner was subsequently cited for failure to maintain control of the dog.
Lambert explained that due to the dog’s owner proclaiming the pit bull was a service animal, even though the library prohibits pets, the Americans with Disabilities Act compels them to allow purported service animals inside the library.
However, in light of the attack, Lambert stated, “We’re going to exhaust all of our options in looking at how we can keep our staff and our patrons safe.”