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Police Car Reportedly Runs Over, Kills Chihuahua In San Francisco’s Richmond Dist.

by Carlos E. Castañeda
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Marla, an 8-year-old chihuahua killed after being run over by a police car. (Hannah Kenney/CBS)

Marla, an 8-year-old chihuahua killed after being run over by a police car. (Hannah Kenney/CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Police were investigating after witnesses reported a police car ran over a dog in the city’s Richmond District.

The Richmond District Blog reported over the weekend that multiple witnesses saw an SFPD patrol car hit and kill a small chihuahua at the intersection of Balboa and 6th Avenue Saturday.

The dog had been tied up outside a café near the intersection when it was able to wiggle out of its collar and run into the street, where it was then run over by the police car turning right onto 6th from Balboa, according to the report.

“One of our witnesses said they were so shocked at what happened, they didn’t have time to note the number on the police car, who was driving, or even go down and chase after the car,” said the author of the blog, Sarah B.

The report said another witness, who asked to remain anonymous, then reported the incident to the Richmond District Police Station, just one block away.

A makeshift memorial was placed for the dog on a pole at the intersection. The owner of the dog, Hannah Kenney, who at times was inconsolable during an interview with KPIX 5, said the gesture was appreciated. “That was really nice someone did that, though.”

“I blame both police … ’cause they didn’t stop or at least shown their condolences … and then I blame my boyfriend,” said Kenney.

Police at the station said they talked to their officers who worked that day. “Nobody that was working at that time is aware of having run over the dog,” said Capt. Simon Silverman.

The blog said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed that someone came to the police station to report a police car running over a chihuahua. In an email to the blog, Esparza said, “If anyone has any information/witnessed or have video surveillance of this, they are asked to contact Richmond Police Station.”

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